Analysis: Montgomery intervention failing despite local support

September 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a misconception with the state takeover of Montgomery Public Schools.

Everyone seems to think that MPS officials don’t want it.

That’s untrue.

Board members made it clear this week that even those who are currently actively engaged in an ongoing AEA lawsuit against the intervention are open to it continuing after the resignation last week of Michael Sentance.

And that fact, probably more than any other, is a perfect example of the complicated chore an intervention – especially one in a large district – is, and how poorly Sentance managed the one in Montgomery.
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The Montgomery intervention: Lots of money, little change

July 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A few hours after a State School Board meeting on Tuesday, Reginald Eggleston, the Chief Education Officer for Montgomery Public Schools, sent an email to several administrators to update them on a District personnel situation.

A few weeks earlier, the State School Board had placed a hiring freeze on State Superintendent Michael Sentance, preventing him from hiring anymore administrative-level personnel for the State’s intervention into 27 underperforming MPS schools. But on Monday, Sentance had fired back at the Board, citing an Attorney General’s opinion and claiming he had sole authority to manage the MPS intervention, including making all personnel moves.
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