Talladega City Schools Face State Takeover
State Education Superintendent Tommy Bice gave Talladega City Schools until September 1 to address a host of issues in hopes of avoiding a state takeover. Bice informed the city system in July that it had to address six issues needing action that dealt with the "safety and well-being of the students" in the system. In an August 7 letter, Bice added another issue, financial documents that are open to inspection and accessible to the public. In a statement from Alabama State Department of Education Public Information Specialist Erica Pippins, it says there is a process that the law requires all parties to follow that includes a window of opportunity for the Talladega City Board of Education and Superintendent to provide evidence to the Alabama State Department of Education’s concerns and why the department should not move forward with state intervention. We are currently within that window and the Alabama State Department of Education will make no comments until it is completed.