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Parents React to MPS Budget

Montgomery Public Schools Chief Education Officer Dr. Reginald Eggleston approved a new budget yesterday without approval of the board.  The budget doesn’t include the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School but it does include some big cuts. According to MPS officials, the budget includes around $5 million of cuts, that could be as many as 81 positions.  So far, officials…

MPS Leaders Unsure What’s Next for Intervention

With Dr. Ed Richardson as interim State School Superintendent many people are wondering what this means for the intervention into Montgomery Public Schools. Right now, Montgomery County School Board members say they don’t know what to expect, but they believe the intervention will continue. Richardson was named interim State Superintendent last week after Michael Sentance’s sudden resignation.  Sentance played a big…

Michael Sentance Steps Down As State School Board Superintendent

The State School board of education is now in need of a new superintendent, with the resignation of Michael Sentance earlier Wednesday. Sentance was facing a possible vote to remove him by board member at Thursday’s state school board meeting. During his time as superintendent Sentance has received some push back from state and Montgomery Public School board members on…

State School Superintendent Michael Sentance Resigns

State superintendent Michael Sentance has resigned.  Below is the official statement from the Alabama Department of Education: 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…

AEA Reacts to Proposed Custodian Changes in MPS

The Alabama Education Association is warning Montgomery Public Schools custodians to keep an eye out for changes to their job.  This comes as the school system continues to restructure its departments with the ongoing state intervention. Back in late June, Montgomery Public Schools approved a plan to deep clean 25 schools across the district, but instead of using its custodial…

Montgomery School Board Members Weigh In On State Superintendent Evaluation

Lesa Keith, Vice President of The Montgomery Public School Board, weighed on State superintendent Michael Sentance’s one year evaluation. She says her hope is that the board is fair after Sentance came in to position under rocky circumstances. She explains “nobody so far has done what needed to be done so to me I think he needs to be given…

MPS Audits Reveal Excessive Teacher Absences

The newly released Montgomery Public Schools audits are revealing some chronic problems across schools, especially excessive teacher absences. The audit states that at Robert E. Lee High School there were 659 teacher days lost in the first half of the 2016-2017 school year.  That’s double the number of absences at the same point in the 2015-2016 school year. Park Crossing…

Update: Person of Interest in Custody in Shooting Death of 14-year-old Female Student Shot near Bellingrath Middle School

Montgomery Police Department reports there is one person of interest in custody in the shooting death of a Bellingrath student. Montgomery Police Department spokesperson, Capt. Regina Duckett, says the 14-year-old female student shot this afternoon has died. Duckett says she was transported to Baptist South where she was pronounced. According to Police Chief Ernest Finley the unidentified  student was shot…

MPS Parent Considers Leaving the School System

News of the possible intervention in Montgomery Public Schools by the Alabama State Department of Education is hitting parents hard. JaNai Thompson has two daughters in MPS and says she’s not sure the schools are preparing them for the real world.  Now she’s considering many options to get them out of the schools, including moving to another city or homeschooling….

Reaction to Possible Intervention in MPS

News of the State Board of Education’s intention to possibly intervene in the Montgomery Public School system is drawing mixed reaction from city officials and stakeholders in the school system.   Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says that changes have been needed for years, citing low test scores and financial problems. “For ten years or more we have moving in a…