St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley said Thursday he plans to challenge Janet Clark for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board.
Dudley, a retired teacher who taught for 38 years, most of them at Northeast High School, said he wanted to direct more money to the classroom and move away from a curriculum based on standardized tests.
"If you teach the kids to learn, they can pass the test," said Dudley, a longtime wrestling coach whose nickname on council is "Coach."
Elected in 2007, Dudley is term limited and will leave the council at the end of the year.
He is a registered Republican who represents District 3, which covers Snell Isle, Shore Acres and other northeastern neighborhoods.