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Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I sometimes hear school and district leaders ask the question: What's the one thing that we should do to help our schools improve?

What Kind of Leader Should Superintendents Be?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite a large proportion of the 15,000 superintendents out there consider themselves to be managers rather than instructional leaders.

Support Your Local Principal

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In big city school districts, the average superintendent only lasts for three years. That means that most barely find out what's going on before the...

Countering Flim-flam With Science

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

I was talking with a big-city school superintendent the other day who cynically -- but accurately -- observed that vultures are swirling around schools and education. His city is beset by flim-flam men and women promising to educate impoverished children.

I Would Be Mad, Too

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Unfortunately, the degree to which the policy agenda advanced by Race to the Top has driven educators to take unprecedented actions against their own leaders is not unique in Tennessee. Indeed, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should have anticipated problems.

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

Stop the Churn: How Federal Policy Adds Chaos to Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

I just read a very interesting book called Improbable Scholars, by David Kirp of the University of California at Berkeley. In it, Kirp tells stories o...

What Is a Parent Supposed to Do?

Crystal Brown | Posted 11.23.2012 | Education
Crystal Brown

What is a parent supposed to do if their child is stuck in a school with an ineffective teacher, ineffective principal, that is under resourced and failing?

In Oklahoma School District, Perks For Top Administrators Include Expensive SUVs

Posted 07.31.2012 | Education

Perks for four Union Public Schools administrators in Oklahoma include full use of district-owned Acura SUVs as part of their benefits package, accord...

Superintendent Resigns After Allegedly Talking About Putting Birth Control In School Staff Water

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

Tom Cooper, a superintendent at the Buellton Union School District in Buellton, Calif., has stepped down after allegedly making sexist and insensitive...

Super Allegedly Caught On Camera Sodomizing Tenant's Dog

Posted 02.21.2012 | New York

A Westchester superintendent was given a week to vacate his apartment Monday after accusations that he sodomized a tenant's dog, NBC New York reports....

Embattled Ex-Schools Chief Defends Unemployment Application Despite Huge Buyout

AP | Posted 02.07.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — The ousted former head of Philadelphia's public schools says she's only taking what's rightfully hers by applying for unemploymen...

Donors Back Out Of Vowed $405,000 In Philly Schools Chief's Nearly $1 Million Buyout

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia school officials say private donors reneged on nearly $405,000 in pledges toward a severance package for the superintende...

Zachary Stalberg: Suspicion Surrounds $1 Million Philly Chief Buyout

| Zachary Stalberg | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Zachary Stalberg, president and CEO of Philadelphia government watchdog...

Was Philly Superintendent's $905,000 Buyout Actually More Than That?

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — It took $905,000 in severance pay for the city's schools superintendent to leave, but ethics and education experts say the true p...

Embattled Philadelphia Schools Chief Leaving Post Under $905,000 Buyout

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 10.22.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — The city's embattled schools superintendent abruptly left the district Monday with $900,000 promised in severance, capping a tumu...

Philadelphia Superintendent: Fire Me, I Dare You

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Kristen A. Graham | Posted 10.19.2011 | Education

Making a defiant and emotional stand Thursday, embattled Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman dared her bosses to make a decision on ...

District Cuts Ties With Superintendent For Ties To Atlanta Cheating Scandal

AP | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education

DeSOTO, Texas -- A Dallas-area school board voted Monday to sever ties with its new superintendent, who was caught in the fallout of a test-cheating s...

Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Improve Teacher Quality

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

By focusing on improving the quality of teaching in every classroom, we can transform our education system and give all kids the education they need to succeed in the knowledge economy.

The New Businessman: District Superintendent?

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

The New Jersey Board of Education relaxed its administrative requirements last week -- struggling school districts can now hire superintendents that d...

Six Atlanta Officials Replaced Amid Cheating Scandal

AP | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

ATLANTA -- The fallout from the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal continued to spread as four area superintendents were replaced and a school di...

NY Superintendent Takes Home Shocking $500,000 In Pay And Perks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As the debate over education budget cuts escalates across the country, one New York Superintendent, Carole Hankin, has garnered attention for the amou...

Rock Star Superintendents: Are They Overpaid?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

They command six-figure salaries. No, we're not talking rock stars, pro athletes or even pro coaches. We're talking school superintendents.

The Spirit of Detroit

David Donaldson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Donaldson

A resurgence of Detroit pride has spread throughout the city with the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial that appeared featuring Eminem.

Of Generals and School Superintendents

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

Would you hire the head of my school system to run an army brigade? If not, why would you assume someone who runs an army brigade is prepared to run a school system?