The typical urban school district’s personnel and budgeting systems leave principals without much say in hiring teachers or allocating resources. The decentralization movement may just change that.
Lifting the Barrier
Eliminating the state-mandated licensure of principles and superintendents is the first step in recruiting and training a generation of leaders capable of transforming America’s schools
Out with the Old
University-based school administration programs are incoherent, undercapitalized, and disconnected from the districts where graduates are most likely to seek employment. There is much to be learned from the way business and the military train their leaders
The Power to Perform
Attracting nontraditional leaders to education will require increasing their authority and compensation, conditioned on getting results
Are Teachers Underpaid?
It is often said that the nation does not properly value teaching. Is this...
Low Pay, Low Quality
For decades the nation has been able to school its children on the cheap by exploiting a trapped workforce of educated women. Those days are long gone.
Salary data fail to account for the shorter workday and work year in teaching. Once adjusted, teacher salaries look about right.
The diversity of values within American society renders public schools ill-equipped to produce the engaged citizens our democracy requires