Alabama education board chooses next state superintendent

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

The director of Alabama's superintendent association, Eric Mackey, was chosen Friday as the state's new education superintendent in a tight vote clouded by an ongoing lawsuit between a candidate and a state education board member. Mackey now serves as the executive director of School Superintendents of Alabama.

Five members of the board - Mary Scott Hunter, Gov. Kay Ivey, Cynthia Sanders McCarty, Jeffrey Newman and Betty Peters - chose Mackey as their top pick for state superintendent. Pouncey said the accusation was untrue.

Calling Hunter "prejudiced" against Pouncey, Bell asked how it was possible for Hunter to vote.

The governor was impressed by Mackey's commitment saying his 8-10 year commitment is something that, "suits" Ivey fine.

"It had to do with being able to serve children at a larger platform", she said.

"I believe Dr. Mackey will serve us well and we will see forward thinking results", she said.

Mackey will start May 14.

The board's last hire, former Massachusetts Education Commissioner Michael Sentance, lasted barely a year before resigning days ahead of an expected board vote to fire him. Questions covered how to make students job-ready, creating a framework for assessment, ensuring equal funding between rural and urban schools and spearheading state interventions to help failing schools like is now happening in Montgomery.

Scott has since dropped out of the selection process, meaning only three candidates will be interviewed.

Focuses on how the candidate would work to ensure Alabama graduates will be prepared with STEM skills to enter industry-driven workforce and/or math literacy skills to be prepared for college. Dr. Ed Richardson's approach to things like MPS intervention and readjusting assessments for student achievements.

Asks the candidate their opinion of Alabama's current college readiness standards.

Asks the candidate how they would work with community stakeholders (state board, legislators, etc) to ensure solid system for all students.

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