Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Nearly sixty principal changes in one year for Vitti.
About fifty last year and 11 before the semester break this.
I am of two minds, first schools don’t need merit pay or odious teacher evaluations, they don’t need teams from the state looking over their shoulders either, what they need are excellent principals and in school leadership is a major problem that Duval schools have had. Are there some good principals and assistants? Sure but for too long who you knew not your ability to do the job determined a lot of promotions and it has led to a lot of 28 year old admins with barely any classroom experience and a lot of people who have no business being in their current roles.
Then I get that sometimes these things take time, that people have to grow into roles and fantastic principals and teachers might not always hit the ground running and need time to develop. Furthermore a lot of education is about developing relationships, in some regards that’s the most important thing a teacher and principal can do and that too takes time.
My biggest complaint however is it seems like instead of developing the next round of leaders something the county desperately needs, instead we are just shuffling the same old people around. It’s not rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic but if there is rhyme and reason I am having a difficult time seeing it.