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ERIC Number: ED468526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
State Education Leaders View the Superintendent Applicant Crisis. ECS Issue Paper: Leadership.
Glass, Thomas E.
This study reflects the view of three key state education groups concerning the perceived superintendent applicant crisis. One group consists of 37 elected and appointed chief state school officers, a second of 42 executive directors of the American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) state affiliates, and a third of 31 executive directors of the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) state affiliates. Key information reported includes the finding that a majority of chief state school officers and AASA and NSBA executive officers agree that a superintendent applicant pool crisis exists in their states, and that the quality of superintendent applicants is decreasing. An increase in board member turnover is affecting many states, which creates problems in leadership stability and likely plays a role in superintendent turnover. Policy changes that might attract more superintendent applicants include higher pay, portable pensions, community support, and paid internships. State policymakers need to consider taking steps to provide higher superintendent pay and to develop portable interstate pension and retirement plans; developing programs that provide year-long, paid internships for aspiring superintendents; promoting stronger superintendent preparation programs at state institutions of higher learning; and conducting further research to ascertain factors that promote attracting and retaining applicants. (RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A