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 Board of Education to terminate him.
“Sentence has been on the job for a year now and his tenure has been a dismal failure,” said Marrianne Hayward, president of the organization. “He has gone out of his way to belittle our teachers and to harm proven programs such as the Alabama Math, Science Technology Imitative and Career Tech.”
Hayward points out the Sentence has no training as an educator and has never been a teacher, principal or local superintendent. “This is like asking someone to do open heart surgery who never went to medical school,” she said.
Hayward added that the future of the 730,000 public school students in Alabama is too important to be turned over to someone unqualified to be state superintendent.
Here is the resolution passed by AFT:
Whereas teachers, administrators and 730,000 public school students in Alabama are impacted by decisions made by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent, and
Whereas it is vital that teachers, administrators and students have the utmost confidence in decisions made by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent, and
Whereas the State Board of Education shattered this confidence and faith by hiring a State Superintendent with no formal education training and with no experience as either a teacher, principal or local superintendent, and
Whereas the State Superintendent has publicly made comments that cast doubt on the capacity and work ethic of Alabama teachers, and
Whereas the State Superintendent has created constant controversy by threatening to curtail funding of programs such as AMSTI and ARI, by letting contracts that cannot adequately be explained as to their need and by de-emphasizing a model career tech education program, therefore
Be it resolved that the 2,000 members of the Jefferson County American Federation of Teachers have reached a vote of No Confidence in the State Superintendent and call upon the state board of education to terminate him as soon as possible.