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Bill Britt: A Shame on the Board of Education and a Shadow Falls on Government Transparency in Hill Affair

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

This was reported this morning in the Birmingham News:

“The Alabama Board of Education agreed this afternoon to buy out two-year college Chancellor Freida Hill’s contract as part of a settlement agreement to avoid litigation.

The board voted 7-2, with members Mary Scott Hunter and Gary Warren dissenting, to pay Hill $228,224 — the remainder of her contract through Nov. 30 — as well as up to $5,000 in moving expenses. She resigned effective the end of business today.”

This is a shame on our state and a sign of failure of leadership and conscience.

What is the next thing to be announced by the Board of Education the return of Roy Johnson?

Just a few years ago, I had one of the presidents of the state’s biggest two-year college tell me that Johnson was the best chancellor the system ever had. She also said that Bradley Byrne was the worst. That Byrne was a tyrant for the way he prosecuted those in the system.

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So, the system again returns to the bad old days, has the Board already found Dr. Hill’s replacement, Roy Jr.?

So, it appears that there was no will to do the right thing concerning Hill.

All she has to show for her work is some money and a reputation in question.

I hope the Board of Education donates their 30 pieces of silver to the AEA.

Will we ever know the truth of Hill’s betrayal?

The Legislature should ask for an investigation into this whole sorry affair.

If there was ever a reason to take the two-year college system out from under the Board of Education this is a good one.

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Mary Scott Hunter and Gary Warren dissented, but we will never know why.

I would like to think Mrs. Hunter, given her background, thought that there was mischief afoot. But because on a non-disclosure agreement we will never know.

This shadowy deal doesn’t reflect kindly on a government that promises transparency.

A shame now falls on the state.

Thank you Dr. Hill for coming to Alabama, I apologies for the way you were so misused. We Alabamians are really better than that, you just didn’t meet the right sort.

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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.


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