Category Archives: Montgomery

Montgomery Intervention. From Bad To Worse.

If anyone ever does a case study of how NOT to handle a local school system intervention, there probably is no better example than what has been going on with the Montgomery County system since last January. This has been a train wreck from the moment Mike Sentance declared the state was stepping in.  And with… Read More

Montgomery. We Have A Problem.

Though there are still a few die-hards trying to defend Mike Sentence, anyone who has paid attention to the Montgomery school intervention begun by him has gotten an up close and personal look at how incompetent he really was.. Sentence hired Jermall Wright from Philadelphia to great fanfare about how he was a miracle worker in… Read More

Richardson Minces No Words About Montgomery Intervention

Of all the problems interim state school chief Ed Richardson inherited from Mike Sentance, the most difficult to make sense out of is probably the state intervention in the Montgomery County school system. Since Sentance had never been involved in such an effort, a few missteps were to be expected.  But in this case, it… Read More

State Board Reins In Montgomery Intervention Spending

The state board of education had another marathon session today (June 8).  This one began at 10 a.m., paused for a 30-minuite lunch break and the work session ended after 5 p.m. One significant development was the unanimous vote for a resolution offered by Stephanie Bell of Montgomery calling for a hiring freeze for the… Read More

A Close Look At Montgomery School Situation. Part II

As I sat in the audience at the recent community meeting at Lee High listening to speakers drone on and on about how they plan to turn water into wine, I just shook my head. My mind wandered to some of the high poverty schools I have been to in Alabama and the world I’ve… Read More

A Close Look At Montgomery School Situation. Part I

The state department of education recently has taken control of the weakest 27 schools in the Montgomery County school system. Unfortunately the intervention has been anything but smooth so far.  From conversations with principals, school board members and attendance at a community meeting it is easy to pick up concern about unanswered questions, disagreement with decisions… Read More