Randall Shedd Wants Statewide Citizens Vote On Education Superintendent

by | Mar 4, 2017 | Blount, Breaking News, County News, Cullman, Hartselle, Legislators, Marshall, Morgan, Politics, Representative Randall Shedd

Randall Shedd Wants Statewide Citizen Vote On Education Superintendent

Alabama House District 11 Representative Randall Shedd (R) Fairview has seen enough of the shenanigans at the top of the Alabama State Department of Education.

On Tuesday, Shedd plans to once again introduce legislation to change the State Superintendent of Education from an appointed position by the Board of Education to that of an elected position by voters statewide.

Randall Shedd Wants Statewide Citizens Vote On Education Superintendent

Representative Shedd is deeply concerned about the recent controversy at the State Department of Education created by the State Superintendent of Education regarding changes to Career Tech and Workforce Development.

Shedd had these thoughts immediately following today monthly Republican meeting in the City of Cullman:

“We’ve seen a seamless process by Dr. Phillip Cleveland and the business community of connecting education and industry in Alabama with Career Tech and Workforce Development.

Career Tech and Workforce Development in its current level gives Alabama a huge advantage in recruiting business and industry.

It is troubling to see such a success story as Dr. Cleveland leaving his post.

It is even more troubling to learn of a non-transparent plan to bury Career Tech and Workforce Development four levels deep in bureaucracy instead of having a meaningful seat at the table.

I encourage the State Board of Education to step in and prevent this mistake before it happens.”

Randall Shedd Wants Statewide Citizens Vote On Education Superintendent

The Alabama State Department of Education announced this week they plan to move their Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Workforce Development section under academic affairs as part of what they deemed a ‘department reorganization effort’.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama State Schools Superintendent Michael Sentance confirmed the plan Monday morning, saying the plan aimed at “integration of the quality of academic instruction and accountability of academic instruction within the set of offices that deal with what’s being taught in schools.”

The Department of Education released a statement Friday afternoon their commitment to the program. It reads in part:

“There is not, nor has there ever been, a plot to diminish Alabama’s CTE program or in any way lessen the important work that our CTE staff and workforce partners have worked so hard to develop. On the contrary, it is more important than ever to make sure CTE efforts are bolstered to ensure students are prepared for the workforce opportunities that await after high school.”

Sentance also announced that Deputy Superintendent Philip Cleveland who was currently overseeing CTE and Workforce Development had submitted his resignation, effective July 3, 2017.

Sentance indicated he did not ask for the resignation but did not say what prompted it.

Randall Shedd Wants Statewide Citizens Vote On Education Superintendent

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