The State Board of Education voted Thursday morning to intervene in the daily operation of the Birmingham school system and might eventually seize direct control of the system's troubled finances.
Board members approved the resolution authorizing a level one intervention, which will send in personnel to assist with a financial recovery plan which the Birmingham City Board of Education is expected to approve by June 26.
If the plan is not implemented, the state will assume direct control of the school system's fiscal operations, State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said.
Bice said the parents and students can no longer wait for action with the start of school looming.
"We're at the point this back and forth political posturing has got to stop. There are children involved. There are teachers waiting. The whole school system is on hold," Bice told board members before the vote.