The decision to hire Michael Sentence to head the Alabama school system continues to draw interest across the state. The Montgomery Advertiser has now joined the ranks of those dubious of what took place. Here a portions of the editorial:
“There’s something fishy about the Alabama State Board of Education’s vote on Aug. 11 naming Michael Sentance, an education consultant and policy adviser from Massachusetts, the next superintendent of schools.
Sentance, however, is being characterized by some as not only an outsider, but unqualified, never having served as a teacher, principal or superintendent of a school system. When he previously sought the state superintendent job in 2011, he was not interviewed. His experience still seems thin.
The intrigue smacks of shady political interference with the high mission of state educators and the best interests of Alabama’s children.
The uproar against Sentance is vehement in some corners. An online petition started by Montgomery education blogger Larry Lee calling for the board to rescind its choice has garnered some 4,000 signatures as of Aug. 23.
To say the least, this is an inauspicious start for Sentance, if he accepts a $198,000 salary deal plus perks and shows up for work Sept. 12.
It’s difficult to predict if the petition will gain traction. But its mere existence portends badly for Sentance’s chances of getting educator buy-in for new policies or leading a needed turnaround in achievement for Alabama schools.”
Have you signed the petition? You can find it here. Your voice will be heard.