Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Short Bench

One reason I keep carping on the Central Falls is really small point is that it has more implications than are immediately evident for the success of reforms. For example, finding a principal. Normally when you're doing a turnaround or starting a new school in an urban school district, you've got a variety of current principals and assistant principals to choose from, both up-and-comers and proven successes, and you've got a variety of leverage, carrots and sticks, to get the people you want into the job. Maybe also you have the capacity to recruit from outside the district if you play your cards right, but if you don't, you should have somebody to slot in. In a 1.3 square mile city with one high school that's been running an administrative merry-go-round for years already, you got nothing. You'd better get lucky recruiting or you're screwed from the start.

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