A group of Alabama educators have started a petition asking the state school board to rescind its hiring of education consultant Michael Sentance as the state’s next superintendent.
Educators have argued that Sentance, who was appointed by the board last month, lacks experience as a teacher, principal, or district superintendent and is not qualified to be the state’s superintendent.
The board is expected to vote on a recommended contract with Sentance this week. He spent eight years working for the U.S. Department of Education as the secretary’s regional representative, according to his résumé, and has since run his own education consultancy firm.
A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as Alabama Educators Protest State Chief Appointment