As most folks know, the School Improvement Grant program regulations call for the ouster of the principal, unless they’ve been on the job less than three years and can show that they are the right leader for a turnaround.
But that doesn’t mean that these ousted folks can’t find other jobs in the district. And more often than not, they do, according to this Associated Press story.
The first anecdote, about a leader who was removed as principal but still got to lead the school’s turnaround, is pretty damning. On the one hand, these folks were found unfit to lead failing schools, so maybe their management skills aren’t so hot.
But I also wonder whether, in some cases, it’s okay that these principals found work elsewhere. Leading a school turnaround is difficult work, and not every leader is cut out for it. But maybe some of these folks would do just fine managing better performing schools with less challenging populations. SIG experts, what do you think?