Alabama's new interim school superintendent Dr. Joe Morton said he's going to pick up the gauntlet and carry on with the plan for public schools put in place by Dr. Ed Richardson, who resigned this week to become interim president of Auburn University.
Morton, who was sworn into office Thursday, said Richardson allowed him to have input in developing the plan. He said one the top priorities is restoring the budget cuts imposed by the Legislature and then building a foundation to expand the Alabama reading initiative.
"I will devote every ounce of energy in my body to seeing that Alabama becomes a national leader in education. I'm eager to get started. I look forward to the days ahead. And I look forward to working with you," said Morton as he addressed the state board of education.
Morton is a former school superintendent for Sumter County Schools. He said he wants to improve teacher education and make sure students are working at grade level in math and science.
Morton said funding isn't the only problem. He said educators also need to make sure students are working at grade level in math and science. Other areas cited include improving teacher education and administrator programs across the state. Morton said there's nothing more valuable than a high quality teacher.