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ERIC Number: ED493159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 210
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5788-6481-X
Turnover at the Top: Superintendent Vacancies and the Urban School
Buchanan, Bruce
Rowman & Littlefield Education
The leadership turnover in America's largest school districts has increased so rapidly that the average urban superintendent tenure is only about two years. In fact, 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 that they serve. So why are big-city superintendents seemingly always on the hot seat? Urban superintendents regularly face vast academic, funding, and socio-economic challenges and school boards find it much easier to change the coach than to change the players. This book examines various reasons for this turnover as well and its ramifications. This book contains the following 15 chapters: (1) Welcome to Miami; (2) Have Briefcase, Will Travel; (3) Urban Challenges; (4) Dealing with the Boss; (5) Playing Politics; (6) At the Bargaining Table; (7) Community Relations (8) The Unblinking Eye; (9) Picking Up the Pieces; (10) Left Behind; (11) The Superhero Superintendent; (12) Soaring Salaries; (13) Finding the Right Fit; (14) Burnout; and (15)Miami: Year 1.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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