BOE member Mary Scott Hunter running for state Senate

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter announced that she will be run in the open seat election for Alabama Senate District 7.

“The people of my district know me as a fighter, as a wife, a mom of three children who attend public school, and a woman of faith,” Hunter said. “They have seen me tested and know the quality of my character. I love this state, and I love the place I call home, Madison County, Alabama. I’ve decided to enter the race for Senate District 7 because it’s where I can best serve the people.”
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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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AEA sues State Department of Education over MPS takeover

September 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Education Association has formally waded into the fight between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Montgomery County School Board over the intervention in Montgomery’s school system.

A lawsuit filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, naming now-former state superintendent Michael Sentance and Montgomery Schools chief, Reginald Eggleston, claims the state has failed to uphold its agreements for a collaborative intervention and that it has repeatedly violated state law.

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State Superintendent Michael Sentance Resigns

September 13, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

When the Alabama School Board chose Massachusetts Attorney Michael Sentance to be the Superintendent of Alabama’s school systems it was a controversial choice. That controversy only deepened when it was later learned that a certain member of the school board may have misled the public and the rest of the board about an ethics investigation into fellow candidate, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey. The controversy around Sentance’s hiring, the controversial of Montgomery Schools, and a series of lapses in judgement and protocol finally led Sentance to resign today, Sept. 13, 2017.
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Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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State Department ignores State School Board directive

July 17, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

As the Montgomery County school “intervention” has tediously unfolded with little to see but mounting expenses for high-priced consultants and well-paid administrators, the State School Board finally threw up its hands on June 8, 2017, and said “Enough is enough.”

So they passed a resolution saying all spending for Montgomery should stop until Mike Sentance and his folks came up with some budget numbers. As we explained here, this is when Sentance tried to stop Montgomery from hiring teachers and blaming it all on the state school board. When certain State Board members learned what Sentance was doing they quickly scrambled to bring some clarity to the situation so that Montgomery could hire teachers.
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Mary Scott Hunter running for Lt. Governor

June 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter (R) is running for Lieutenant Governor in the 2018 election.

Hunter told the Alabama Media Group’s Mike Cason that, “I’m just at a place where I want to do something bigger. I want Alabama to be wildly successful.”

Hunter represents DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone and Madison counties on the School Board.

Hunter’s father, Scott Hunter, was a quarterback at the University of Alabama under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He also played eight years in the NFL.
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Charter Schools Bill defeated in the House

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 4, 2017, a bipartisan majority of the Alabama House of Representatives rejected changes to the State’s Charter Schools bill in House Bill 245.

HB245 was sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur) who chairs the House Education Policy Committee.

The bill was passed out of the Education Policy Committee, but was soundly defeated on the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR) so never even got to a vote for final passage.
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Mary Scott Hunter warns that the American Dream is in crisis in Alabama

April 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Alabama School Board member Mary Scott Hunter (R) addressed the Alabama Federation of Young Republican who were at the State House for their Annual Legislative Day.

Mary Scott Hunter warned that for too many in Alabama “the American Dream is in Crisis.”

Hunter cited a number of statistics showing that home ownership, children in poverty, joblessness, etc. were worsening across the State and for many Alabamians achieving the American dream is becoming much more difficult.
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Survey says: No one trusts the Governor, State Superintendent, School Board

March 23, 2017

Education Matters
By Larry Lee

At this writing, nearly 700 have responded to the survey we posted on Friday, March 17, 2017. Results basically track the last survey made in December which showed little confidence among educators in State level entities charged with helping public schools. You can see all results here.

Respondents were 69 percent female, 93 percent white, 70 percent work for a school system and 46 percent are teachers. Sixty percent have either children or grandchildren attending a public school.
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