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ERIC Number: EJ1059939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1551-0670
Identifying the Factors That Contribute to Involuntary Departures of School Superintendents in Rural America
Tekniepe, Robert J.
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v30 n1 2015
Rural school districts play an important part in the national educational landscape. Not only do they provide nearly one in four U.S. children with many skills, including those needed to enter college, but they also act as an economic stabilization force for the communities that they serve. Superintendents of rural school districts, as the leaders of these institutions, play an important role in fostering these objectives. Rapidly changing political, social, and economic landscapes, however, present a new array of challenges and occupational pressures to today's rural superintendent. Superintendents now must navigate more turbulent environments shaped by the ever-increasing demands of internal and external stakeholders in an era of tight fiscal constraints. Few studies have attempted to link the occupational pressures faced by rural school superintendents with ways in which these pressures increase the probability of a superintendent's experiencing an involuntary departure. This study attempts to fill that gap. Using data compiled from 618 rural superintendents across 48 states, this study shows that political conflict, insufficient employment contract provisions, internal and external stakeholder pressures, and fiscal stress can affect rural school superintendent turnover.
Penn State University College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities. 310B Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-863-2031; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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