Author Archives: Larry Lee

Media Points Finger At State School Board

Anyone who didn’t see this coming has been living under a rock. Now that Mike Sentance has headed back to Massachusetts, at least two state newspapers have taken the state school board to task for what has gone on in the last 12-18 months.  The Opelika-Auburn News and the Florence TimesDaily are asking that the… Read More

Reflections

Now that we have turned a page on the long-running saga “Mr. Sentance Goes To Alabama,” it seems fitting to pause and look back at what could be the script for a reality show. Best suggestion for a question to ask at interview for state superintendent.  Before the selection process got underway in the summer… Read More

Tea Party Spin Machine Short On Facts, Long On Hot Air

The news of Mike Sentance’s resignation as state school superintendent brought instant reaction from various factions of the Alabama Tea Party.  As usual, there was lot of chest-thumping and finger-pointing, but very few facts. One of the best examples came from Quin Hillyer, a one-time writer for the old Mobile Press-Register.  (Have never met him, but… Read More

Mike Sentance Resigns As State Superintendent

Embattled state school chief Mike Sentance submitted a letter of resignation to the state school board and Governor Kay Ivey today (Sept. 13, 2017).  Ironically this comes one year and a day after he took   office Sept. 12, 2016.. The state school board has a regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 14 and one agenda item is discussion of… Read More

Rep. Craig Ford Says It Is Time For Mike Sentance To Go

Representative Craig Ford of Gadsden is a veteran house member.  And he’s never been one to mince words.  As proof, here is what he posted on Facebook as to why he thinks state school chief Mike Sentance should be terminated. “On Thursday, the State Board of Education will meet to discuss terminating State Superintendent Dr.… Read More

Teacher’s Organization Calls For Termination Of Mike Sentance

Voices expressing their disfavor with state school superintendent Mike Sentance continue to mount.  A teachers organization in Jefferson County has now joined with others. The Jefferson County affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, with 2,000 members, has passed a resolution of No Confidence in state school superintendent Mike Sentence and is calling for the State… Read More

The Silly Season Is Here

In the waning days of any hotly contested political campaign the rhetoric goes up about 1000 percent and the charges hurled back and forth become more outlandish.  I call it the “silly season.” Looking for an example?  How about the runoff election in the Republican primary between Luther Strange and Roy Moore scheduled for Sept.… Read More

Attempt To Explain State Education Department Money Mess Misses The Mark

As much as you know you should, some times it is impossible to keep silent.  Such is the case when I read the AL.com article “Alabama superintendent hasn’t increased spending on personnel, document shows.” The first line of the article says: “Records show that Alabama’s school superintendent did not add high-level positions to the bottom… Read More

A Soldier Writes Governor Ivey About Mike Sentance

After a distinguished career in the Army, Mobile native Frank Barrow retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2012 and immediately assumed duties as the Senior Army Instructor for the Junior ROTC program at LeFlore high school in his hometown.  Atter 11 years in the classroom he moved to his present position heading all JROTC programs… Read More