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Contenders for the Birmingham Board of Education Discuss Challenges: A Q&A With the Candidates

Whoever wins the nine seats in the heavily contested race for the Birmingham Board of Education on Aug. 22, one thing is certain: the winners will find a big school system facing substantial challenges.

Some of the challenges are well publicized. For instance, 13 of the Birmingham City Schools 43 schools were listed by the Alabama State Department of Education as failing in 2017. In a city where a third of the residents live below the poverty line, nearly 50 percent of the students do, according to recent Census data.

But as the new school year begins, the elephant in the room may be that the BCS will be working with its ninth superintendent in 21 years.

With all that has gone before, all nine seats on the board are up for grabs, with 31 candidates in the running. Read more.