Richardson takes control: changes coming to ALSDE, Montgomery intervention

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are changes coming to the Alabama Department of Education – starting with the Montgomery intervention.

Interim state superintendent Ed Richardson said during an Alabama Board of Education meeting on Wednesday that he is in the process of examining the takeover of the state’s third largest school system and will be implementing some changes.

Richardson, whose three-month contract was approved during Wednesday’s meeting, said he plans to meet with Montgomery County Board of Education members on Thursday evening to go over his proposed changes.

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Sentance’s resignation: There’s one person to blame

September 14, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The relatively short state education nightmare is over.

Michael Sentance resigned on Wednesday, bowing out a day before he was sure to be fired by a state Board of Education long tired of dealing with him.

The end of Sentance’s tenure was, ironically, the one thing he managed to handle appropriately.

Quiet. Respectful. Appropriately communicated.

Had Sentance demonstrated those three qualities a bit more regularly in his day-to-day efforts as schools’ chief, he would likely still be with us.

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APR to show Siegelman documentary in Montgomery

August 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Siegelman documentary will be shown in Montgomery after all.

APR has made arrangements to show the film at Troy University’s Davis Theater Oct. 1. Tickets are on sale now through this link.

But it wasn’t easy.

“Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman,” as the documentary is officially named, was originally set to be shown at the Capri Theater in Montgomery in July. But former Federal Prosecutor Leura Canary, who serves on the Capri board, convinced her fellow board members in June to rescind that rental agreement.
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Montgomery theater blocks showing of Siegelman documentary

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The board of a popular Montgomery independent theater has blocked the showing of a documentary about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman because it contains “defamatory” information about a board member, the theater’s director told

A group had rented the Capri Theater and planned to show the film, titled “Atticus v. The Architect: The political assassination of Don Siegelman,” next month.

But on Monday, Capri’s director, Martin McCaffrey, told that the board voted to rescind that rental because the pro-Siegelman film portrays board member Leura Canary “in a false and defamatory way.”
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Senator Dial Takes Action

October 11, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unbelievable as it may seem, according to Alabama law, the requirements for someone to be the superintendent of a local school system are much tougher than those to be state superintendent, which is about like saying an operating room nurse needs more training than the surgeon she is assisting.

Alabama Code Section 16-9-2 spells out the requirements for a local superintendent. for example: The county superintendent of education shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and shall be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:
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Peters Defends Decision to Hire Sentance

September 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Alabama State School Board approved the contract of Michael Sentance of Massachusetts to be Alabama’s next State School Superintendent. The decision on August 8 to make Sentence, who has never actually been a school superintendent anywhere before, has been wildly controversial. On Friday, September 9, State School Board member Betty Peters (R) defended the decision to select Sentence in a column on the anti-Common Core blog site: Truth in American
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