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State BOE will no longer attend Birmingham BOE meetings

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Dr. Ed Richardson at a 2012 BOE meeting. Source: WBRC video Dr. Ed Richardson at a 2012 BOE meeting. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham City Schools BOE has regained some measure of authority after Ed Richardson announced he will no longer attend board meetings.

Richardson was appointed to monitor the State Department of Education's takeover of the Birmingham system. When the state took over in July 2012, Richardson stepped in to serve as a chief financial officer.

Richardson says the board's commitment to meeting state objectives and their current financial state have convinced him that he no longer needs to personally attend their meetings.

Richardon says the board's finances could exceed state requirements by the end of the next fiscal year.

"They've made real progress," he said. "If I didnt feel like the board was committed to meeting its obligations I would not have made the announcement."

Richardson also praises the BOE for focusing more on student achievement, planning and data gathering.

He says that the takeover could end in September 2014 if the state BOE approves the move.

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