Tuesday, May 16, 2017

9 DeKalb County School Principals Reassigned

The news that 9 DCSD school principals have been reassigned has many parents in those school communities upset and worried.  I get that…I’ve been there.   Children and parents can form close bonds to a principal - especially at the elementary school level. 

I think there can be a legitimate discussion around what parameters should be used to evaluate a school principal.  However, in understanding the type of data currently available to school districts, the criteria decided upon by DCSD does not appear unreasonable. 

As Board of Education member Vickie Turner said at the Monday Board of Education meeting:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.   

BOE member Joyce Morley seemed to be more concerned with the feelings of the principals and also appeared to make, in my view, either untrue or uninformed statements about the process.

Mrs. Turner has the correct perspective in my opinion:

Source:  http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/dekalb-principals-removal-draws-fire-school-board-meeting/KEOEOqGKEOideHW9P0kOUL/

Board member Vickie Turner said while the decision has caused much discussion, the moves should have been expected when Green was hired to lead the district two years ago.

You’re sitting across from a superintendent who says ‘That’s it,’ and … it’s the most difficult decision any of us would have to make,” she said.

“But we all know we’re in business for children, and we’re held to a standard of accountability. We knew when Dr. Green came in that we had some broken components to our systems. I read somewhere that to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result is insanity. We must rise our children up to a level of success.

“If it’s broke, we must try to fix it.”

Let’s look at the criteria used to evaluate these principals.  Source:  http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/254853426-story


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