New District Structures
Chalkbeat has a wonderful post about city council members asking the Department of Education how the new system of local superintendents and 7 Regional Support Organizations was going to work.
The DOE people kept saying everyone was going to get along just fine. I caught myself talking to my computer more than once, saying “yeah, right.”
Here’s an excerpt:
Where can principals turn if they are not getting the support they need?
Under the old network system, there was an element of competition among the support networks. If principals were not pleased with their support, they could turn to one of the other networks if it was not already overburdened.
Council member Benjamin Kallos noted that under the new system, most schools don’t have a choice about who to turn to for help. He asked officials how they planned to handle principals who felt they are not getting what they need.
Officials responded that they expected the collaboration encouraged by the new system to work for schools.
“We’re all held accountable for improving results,” said Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack, who helped design the new system. “The idea is that, over time, all schools can improve.”
Kallos also wondered what happens when principals feel uncomfortable going to their superintendent for help with a problem, since the superintendents are also their supervisors. Deputy Chancellor Gibson said that, as she envisions it, a superintendent should know that a principal needs help before they even ask.
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