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Turnover at the Top: Superintendent Vacancies and the Urban School

Turnover at the Top: Superintendent Vacancies and the Urban School

by Bruce Buchanan


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Turnover at the Top: Superintendent Vacancies and the Urban School

Leadership turnover in America's largest school districts has increased so rapidly that the average urban superintendent tenure is roughly 2 years. Because many urban superintendents are hired knowing that they will either be terminated or forced to resign in a short period of time, this cycle has created a class of superintendents who leap around the country from job to job, with no real ties to the communities they serve. So why are big-city superintendents seemingly always on the hot seat? Urban superintendents regularly face vast academic, funding, and socioeconomic challenges, and school boards find it much easier to change the coach than to change the players. Turnover at the Top examines various reasons for this frequent turnover, as well and its ramifications. It includes first-hand accounts from parents, school board members, and urban superintendents and will be of great interest to administrators, elected officials, and superintendents.

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ISBN-13: 9781578864812
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 06/29/2006
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Bruce Buchanan has covered K-12 education as a journalist for 10 years, 6 of those years at News & Record in Greensboro, North Carolina. He now works a freelance writer.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Welcome to Miami Chapter 2 Have Briefcase, Will Travel Chapter 3 Urban Challenges Chapter 4 Dealing With the Boss Chapter 5 Playing Politics Chapter 6 At the Bargaining Table Chapter 7 Community Relations Chapter 8 The Unblinking Eye Chapter 9 Picking Up the Pieces Chapter 10 Left Behind Chapter 11 The Superhero Superintendent Chapter 12 Soaring Salaries Chapter 13 Finding the Right Fit Chapter 14 Burnout Chapter 15 Miami: Year 1

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