New Schools Chief Steps Into Turbulent Education Climate

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Alabama has a new public schools chief. Last week, the State Board of Education selected Michael Sentance. He’s the former secretary of education of Massachusetts and worked with the U.S. Department of Education. But he’s never been a classroom teacher or principal and he was chosen over three Alabama candidates. That has some in the education community in an uproar. We talk about the situation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

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John Archibald

Alabama is full of big news stories. From the removal of the Confederate battle flag, to gay marriage, to Birmingham's increase in the minimum wage. It's a lot for journalists to keep up with and a lot of great materials for columnists like AL.com and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

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