Editorials: Alabama State Superintendent

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - I took the liberty of reviewing the Alabama State Superintendent of Education ad this week and found the language in the ad for prospective candidates on point.  Here's an excerpt, and I quote, "This is an exceptional opportunity for an educational leader with a vision of success for all students and the capacity to implement that vision in conjunction with the established goals of the board."

Sounds like a great opportunity where the candidate pool from in and out of state would be plentiful.  That is not the case.  The state of Alabama received a whopping seven applications -SEVEN.  None of the applicants were female, and none were submitted by currently employed Alabama school superintendents. This is a well compensated and vital position for our state and the lack of response both in and out of state is troubling and potentially problematic.

Starting November 10th Governor Bentley will begin interviewing the top four candidates.  Our hope is that THE visionary leader is in this final candidate pool and THEY have a plan to lead our K through 12 schools into national prominence.  If after these interviews a clear leader does not emerge - then we again start our search from scratch.  We owe it to our teachers and children to not settle as the future of our state and nation begins with a strong educational foundation.  This person will lay the bricks of that foundation.

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