January
26th 2009
School Leadership a Big Part of Education Reform Puzzle

Posted under Denver & Independence Institute & Principals & Public Charter Schools & Teachers

Earlier this month I let you know about the teachers union’s efforts to organize two New York City KIPP charter schools, and shared with you the insights of a couple people who know a lot more than I do about this stuff.

But then I read something this nice teacher lady Kathy Kullback (who is a friend of the Independence Institute) wrote over at Backbone America about her own professional horror story with poor school administration. She concludes with this insight often overlooked among education reformers:

Poor school leadership practices are why teachers’ unions flourish and why there is tremendous growth in the charter school movement. I applied for positions to charter schools close to my home and where I had previous relationships because they have their own hiring practices and do not participate in the non-renewal ban. Not only was I treated very well, but they also gave me recognition for a job well done. How often do any of us receive that! [emphasis added]

Figuring out how to seriously improve school leadership across the public education system is a very difficult policy knot to untangle. But in the meantime, high teacher-friendly praise for charter schools!

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  1. Ed is Watching » Bromwell Elementary Issue Makes the Case for Expanding School Choice on 06 Mar 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    [...] course, enhancing school-level leadership is also important. The new group Get Smart Schools is doing some great work on this front. But [...]

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