Alabama state school superintendent resigns

Michael Sentance

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Alabama State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance submitted his resignation Wednesday. It was presented to Gov. Kay Ivey as president of the state Board of Education.

Ivey said she will ask the board to accept the resignation.

“Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government. As with previous changes in leadership positions, we will use the pending resignation of the state superintendent as an opportunity to move forward and begin a new chapter in public education," said Ivey.

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.

“I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as state superintendent in Alabama,” Sentance said. “There are many good things happening in public education in this state. My hope is that Alabama makes educating all children the state’s highest priority, allowing the state to make significant educational gains and truly becoming the jewel of the south that it has the ability to become.”

Alabama school board members were set to discuss Sentance's future at a meeting Thursday.

Six weeks ago, the board gave Sentence low marks in a performance evaluation.

Prior to coming to Alabama, Sentance worked as an education consultant and has worked with state, federal, local officials, and advocacy groups on strategies to improve public education. 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.