- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham City Schools superintendent finalist has withdrawn from consideration after school board members expressed disappointment that none of the five finalists were from the school system or state of Alabama.

AL.com reports (https://bit.ly/2oEUoie) Dr. Timothy Gadson III wrote in an email to a member of the Alabama Association of School Superintendents charged with vetting applicants that he felt he could do “an outstanding job,” but didn’t feel comfortable moving forward given “the political climate and controversy.”

Gadson is currently superintendent designee and executive director of curriculum and schools at a Minnesota school system. His candidacy drew some scrutiny for a 2014 grading controversy during his tenure as Atlanta Public Schools associate superintendent. He wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing.

The school board will invite a replacement candidate.

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