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Alabama Plans to Intervene in Montgomery School System

The state of Alabama plans to intervene in the Montgomery County school system over both academic and financial concerns, the Associated Press reported.

The move, recently announced by the state superintendent, was not a surprise, and some local school board members told the Associated Press that they welcomed the state's action.

Montgomery County Board of Education President Robert Porterfield told the news agency that state intervention could bring additional resources to the district.

State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance said he was concerned that too many of the schools in the Montgomery school system were lagging.

"It's my personal belief that a capital city school system should be a shining example of what public education should be in the state," Sentance said when making the announcement. "It should be a model."

It's unclear what form the state intervention would take in the approximately 30,000-student district.

The local school board will have 21 days to respond after receiving notice from the state, the AP said. It can also submit a proposal on how it plans to address the state board's concerns over finances and academics.

The state board of education will vote next month on whether to go ahead with the intervention.

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