Alabama State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance has officially submitted his letter of resignation to the Alabama State Board of Education and to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. After one year at the helm of the state's education system, Sentance said his experience in Alabama has been incredible in many ways, not the least of which is getting to know the educators and administrators who care so much for children.
A statement from the governor's office says in part, "Today, I received the resignation of State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance".
"Our hope has been that the state's intervention into Montgomery Public Schools would be based on a collaborative relationship between the state and the MPS board, working together to address issues of academic achievement and to ultimately restore full authority and autonomy back to the local school board and superintendent". I do not take this situation lightly, and as President of the State Board of Education, I will ask the Board to accept his resignation.
A hearing regarding a temporary restraining order is underway.
"The State Board of Education has an opportunity to refocus its efforts to improve, support, and better prepare Alabama students for the 21st-Century global economy, so that they can compete successfully".
A source inside the Alabama state department of education confirmed the agreement was reached, allowing Sentance to avoid an expected vote to fire him at Thursday's regular board meeting. He has also served as the Secretary of Education in Massachusetts, as the Senior Education Advisor to Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and in a senior-level position for the U.S. Department of Education.
Sentance was named to the position last August.