August 15, 2016
Open letter to Alabama State Board of Education
We congratulate you in your choice of Michael Sentance, JD, as our next superintendent. Your determination to move Alabama from its current, uncharacteristic dead last position among all the other states was made apparent in your selection of a key player from the top performing state in the nation, Massachusetts. This is a strong statement that the status quo is not good enough.
It was refreshing and hopeful to hear Mr. Sentance in his interview as he explained that Alabama’s problems are comparable to what Massachusetts faced, and as he eloquently suggested solutions like those that he implemented and that worked in Massachusetts. Alabama’s success story will be even more dramatic when, God willing, Mr. Sentance puts his prior experience, his recipe for success, to work in Alabama. We believe that the road to the finest moment in Alabama education may have just begun.
Again we applaud you for taking this bold step. To have done less would have been a real disservice to our children and their future. We all agree with Mr. Sentance that we “want all kids to realize their destinies and their dreams”.
We have already contacted Mr. Sentance with our full support!
Eunie Smith, President
Leslie Whitcomb, Education Chairman