Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Turnaround, except at the top.

Do your turnover schools have the same principals as before? In a state like Michigan—and others—chances are they do, according to this piece by Sam Dillon in the New York Times. I would like to know more about why the principals are kept in place. What is the evidence of the promise they were showing in the last year or two?  Are there no good candidates to replace them? If that is the case, what is the district doing to fill up the pipeline with great leaders? Anyone covering turnover schools that kept their principals should be asking these questions. The choice to keep a school leader at a struggling school might make sense, but it shouldn’t go unexamined.

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