The Alabama Department of Education will take over the Birmingham school system on Wednesday after the Birmingham Board of Education tonight declined to pass a cost-cutting plan.

After months of stalling and delaying a state financial plan that included mass layoffs, the Birmingham Board of Education officially rejected it tonight.

State Superintendent Tommy Bice said during a telephone interview tonight—after a more than three-hour Birmingham school board meeting—that he will formally intervene in the district’s operations Wednesday morning. The intervention will include the appointment of a chief executive officer and chief financial officer who will run the day-to-day operations of the district.

“Because of the resolution that was passed by the state Board of Education, we will begin full intervention tomorrow,” Bice said. The state school board authorized Bice nearly two weeks ago to intervene in Birmingham’s operations if it failed to pass a financial plan at tonight’s board meeting.

Immediately following the 4-4 vote, in which board members Edward Maddox, Tyrone Belcher, Virginia Volker and Emanuel Ford voted against the plan and April Williams abstained, the board voted 5-4 to direct its attorneys to “protect the interests of the board.”

Former state Superintendent Ed Richardson, who is leading a state investigation into the district’s finances, academics and board governance, said the board’s threat of a lawsuit will not slow the intervention process.

“Financial intervention has occurred 12 or 15 times,” he said. “The process has clearly been established. This is not something new.”


Dozens of people spoke out against the plan before the vote, saying the cuts proposed hurt the classroom despite the state’s assurances that cuts would be as far away from the classroom as possible.

Most speakers were employees whose jobs would have been eliminated.


[Editor’s Note: According to the 2010 Census, Birmingham is 73.4% black and 22.3% white. This article, which is worth reading in its entirety, notes that enrollment in Birmingham schools is 98% black.]

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  • Church_of_Jed

    Who really expects much out of Alabama, other than as anecdotes that prove all our stereotyping of afrovoodoo Diversity to be vividly true?

    •  Well for one thing, Huntsville Alabama is known as “Rocket City” USA.  Today it is the home of the Marshall Space Flight Center, which has provided NASA with 32 Saturns, including
      six used to land astronauts on the moon.  So yeah without Alabama there would be no Space Program.

      • IstvanIN

         Well, that is a stupid comment.  The Saturn rockets were designed and built by white men who happened to work in a state called Alabama.  Alabama is nothing more that lines on a map the delineate where the Alabama state government has jurisdiction.  Alabama itself does nothing.

        • haroldcrews

          Lines on a map are incapable of doing anything.  But all places are lines on maps in that sense.  Yet somehow quite a bit has gotten done.

    • Robert Binion

      Well, Lionel Hampton, writers Walker Percy and Truman Capote.  And the infamous Tallulah Bankhead who once said, “They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze.  They should photograph me through linoleum.”  And my favorite, Mordechai ben Yehuda Elya–Mel Allen from right here in Birmingham. 

      The city is building huge, new high schools here at which I laugh when passing.  Amrenners are right; they do look a lot like prisons.

    • jeffaral

      OH MY GOD!    Those white christians and blacks.    Truly disgusting!!!!!!

  • I fail to see what good it will do.  It certainly won’t make the students smarter.  The only slight marginal improvement is that a bunch of useless black bureaucrats-educrats will get pink slips.

    • Spartan24708

      And they will hire a new crop on useless black bureaucrats! Now way in hell will they hire whites or any other race.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Where’s hack songwriter Randy Newman? The idiot who wrote a song called “Birmingham” on a 1974 LP lamenting that southern whites were oppressing blacks, or as he put it “keeping the [n-words] down”?   

    Of course he’s lived his whole life in mansions in all-white neighborhoods. Why doesn’t he go to Birmingham and see how they’re doing under black rule?

    •  The song you are referring to is “Rednecks” and I always believed it to be tongue in cheek satire.  The last part of the song just goes on and on about how the black is free to be put in cages in the South, the North, The West, everywhere!

      • Oil Can Harry

        I was indeed referring to the awful song  “Rednecks” which is on the same album as “Birmingham”. I guess I could have worded my post more clearly.

  • So do the 22% of whites left send all their kids to private 100% white schools?  You can’t tell me that  over 40,000 whites have zero kids.

    • A lot of the whites that gentrify black areas are gays/lesbians or people who dont want/already past school age kids.

  • life must be a living hell for the 2% non-black students

  • this has happened  many times across the country, with school boards, police depts. etc. , and the one thing in common is they were black majority run. some should keep score of these events, title it “epic black fails” or something

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Neither of them give a rat’s behind about the taxpayers or the students.


  • yodaddy51

    St.Louis Mo. Public Schools were taken over by the state some years ago

  • Southern__Hoosier

     Add United States to that list as well. All it took was one black man and 3 years to ruin what it has taken us almost 250 years to build.

    • Strider73

      The “Magic Negro” had plenty of help from decades of liberal race traitors in both parties.

  • Church_of_Jed

    As Lawrence Auster says, “The worse black behavior becomes, the more racist you are for noticing it.”

  • Church_of_Jed

    It means there are enough rich Whites left in Birmingham to make a difference vs. Memphis.

  • Strider73

    Quite true. And I was more than a little amazed when ultra-liberal director Ron Howard did not falsely “darken” Mission Control when he filmed Apollo 13. For once, reality prevailed in cinema.

    And for the record, NASA farmed out the design & construction work for its rockets to companies in nearly every state.  That wasn’t for efficiency or quality — it was to insure that nearly all Congresscritters would vote to continue funding the agency.

  •  I would bet most white families with children in the Birmingham area live in the white flight suburbs.  Most whites in Birmingham proper are probably young adults or older adults without school aged kids.

  • Banastre Tarleton

    I know I’m preaching to the choir here but I thought I’d share this with someone.  Perfect example of the lack of cognitive depth and capability of blacks.  Compare the speech of the first guy (black) with the one after him (white).  Its so clear and bleeding obvious, I just don’t understand how liberals are in denial about this.  Blacks are their own worst enemy and would be better off simply accepting that they are not cognitively equal to whites or East Asians: