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ERIC Number: EJ831304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
A 2006 Study of the Supply and Demand of Minnesota Public School Administrators
Haar, Jean M.; Robicheau, Jerry W.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v4 n3 p26-33 Fall 2007
For the past decade, attention has been drawn to a perceived shortage of school leadership applicants. Establishing an accurate perception of the shortage issue, however, is complex. One challenge with the perception of the shortage is the connection made between quality and shortage. The interpretation of quality is often times determined by a local school board and tends to include unrealistic expectations of the candidates (i.e. an established political agenda, a changing student population, and the push for accountability). The shortage discussion has also been used to manufacture a crisis by "reformers, popular press and ideologues" to mislead "the public and policy makers with regard to the solutions." In Minnesota from 2004-2006, there were approximately 100 superintendent openings; thus one third of the school districts experienced a change in leadership at the superintendent level. What were the reasons for the number of openings? What effect did the superintendent changes have on central office and principal positions? Further, will this turnover continue, worsen, diminish or remain the same? Whether the shortage is perceived or real, the question remains: What is the future demand for school leaders? This article shares the results of a study regarding the potential number of future openings within school leadership positions in Minnesota. Empirical evidence regarding potential school leadership openings in Minnesota was last reported in 2000. Consequently, much of the discussion in Minnesota for the past six years has been based on perceptions of a shortage by local media, professional organizations and search firms. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota