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Committee to resume investigation into state superintendent selection

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Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, announced Friday the Joint Legislative Committee investigating possible misconduct in the 2016 selection process of the State Superintendent of Education will resume its inquiry. 

This was Dial's full announcement: 

“In August 2016, the Alabama State Senate created a Joint Legislative Committee to investigate concerns surrounding questionable actions taken by the Ethics Commission and State Department of Education employees and board members influencing the selection process of the current State Superintendent of Education. 

“In light of the many news articles regarding the internal report recently produced by the State Department of Education, the recurring rumors of retaliatory actions taken against state employees, and what now seems to be conflicting testimony provided to our Joint Legislative Committee, it is necessary to reconvene the committee and get clarification on certain discrepancies.

“We will likely recall some of the same people who have already testified and ask for explanations of differences in their testimony before the Joint Committee and findings in the recent State Department of Education report. We will also ask for additional documentation from those who testify. Former Governor Robert Bentley, who chaired the State Board of Education and who abruptly changed his vote after the revelation of an anonymous complaint filed with the Ethics Commission, should also have the opportunity to explain his reasons for doing so, especially in light of recent findings. 

“We are looking to reconvene the committee as soon as possible. Employees at the Department of Education must get back to the business of educating Alabama’s young people, rather than using state time and taxpayer resources to undermine the State Superintendent selection process.  
“We intend to hold a committee meeting on July 25 at 1:00 p.m. Final details on the meeting’s time and location will be forthcoming.”

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