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District sends out list of principal vacancies

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 18, 2013 04:15 PM

The School District has sent out a list of 53 principal vacancies for next year, and they include some of the city's most sought-after schools, as well as 14 that are designated to receive students from schools that are closing.

The extensive list will set off a chain reaction of principal moves at a time when the District is trying to maintain as much stability as possible in school leadership.

Among the listed vacancies: GAMP, Masterman, the High School of Creative and Performing Arts, Carver HS of Engineering and Science, High School of the Future, and George Washington High.

Superintendent William Hite sent out the list Friday night to all the District's principals and assistant principals. Under their collective bargaining agreement, principals must notify the District of retirement plans by March 15 to be eligible for the continuation of benefits over the summer.

But in the past, the District has not put out a list of vacancies so quickly because many principals put in the paperwork while still deciding whether they will go through with it and have not informed their staffs.

This year is different, however. Because the number of District-run schools will be reduced by at least 26 next year and more likely 28 (23 that the School Reform Commission voted to close on March 7, three being converted to Renaissance charters, and two more closings to be considered soon), there are potentially 28 displaced principals looking for other positions.

Besides those schools where principals have indicated their intention to retire -- about 35 -- vacancies are also listed at the five new Promise Academies and 14 designated receiving schools. Most of the receiving schools' principals have not indicated that they want to retire, but their jobs are now up for grabs, which is the District's prerogative under the contract, said Robert McGrogan, head of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, the principals' union.

Those 14 are schools "significantly impacted by [the school closing process] as receiving schools, grade reconfigurations, and/or program mergers," according to a letter from Hite that was also sent to all the principals Friday night.  Among them are Bartram and Sayre High and Lea Elementary, as well as three of the four Kensington high schools -- Business, Heath, and Urban Education.

The current principals have been invited to apply to keep their jobs, but most of those at receiving schools had "no idea" that their jobs were being opened up for others to apply for, McGrogan said.

Still, McGrogan added, "I am sympathetic to all parties in this situation." 

The principals at the closing schools are in a particularly tough spot, McGrogan said. "They are being asked to prepare a school for decommissioning -- with all the administrative work that requires, including inventory of materials and funds -- apply for another job, and oversee the adminstration of state standardized tests all at the same time." The deadline for applying for a new position is March 25, according to Hite's letter.

Principals do have the right to rescind planned retirements up until the end of June, McGrogan said, but this year the pressure will be on to make a final decision much sooner. Hite said in the letter that his intention is to "move rapidly through this process so that the newly assigned principals may participate in the budget process, the completion of the school's Comprehensive Plan and site selection" to fill teacher vacancies.

In selecting principals, Hite has the final decision. But that is preceded by an interview process with a team at each school that includes a representative from the teachers' union, the Home and School Association, and the community, which makes a nonbinding recommendation to the superintendent.

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Comments (78)

Submitted by Education Grad ... on March 18, 2013 6:27 pm
Dale, For the 2013-2014 school year, how many schools will the School District be operating? I ask because 53 vacancies seems like a huge number. I'm interested in the what percentage of schools are going to have turnover at the principal position. Thanks for your help. Education Grad Student
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 10:07 pm
It will likely be far higher as current principals at other schools will apply to these open positions particularly the top schools.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on March 18, 2013 11:52 pm
in what the percentage*
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 11:12 am
Paul Robeson High School is also a vacancy for September 2013. This was omitted from the list of high school vacancies.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 11:00 am
I thought Robeson got a reprieve? Or is the Principal leaving her position district?
Submitted by reformer (not verified) on March 18, 2013 8:18 pm
kudos to the outgoing principal of school of the future. she really did a great job turning that school around after several poor leaders. you can now see academic progress. hope she'll get a significant assignment in the district. she's definitely one of the good ones.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 8:40 pm
She's retiring
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 8:57 pm
ANYONE who can get out SHOULD!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 8:25 pm
You can say that again. Administrators and teachers. They are reducing pay and increasing work load and responsibilities. Wish we could go at 20 years of service with no penalty. I can image the number of PFT vacancies.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 8:42 pm
For example, people who capitalize all the letters in a sentences' first and last words? /s
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 7:40 am
It's "sentence's" not "sentences.'"
Submitted by Anonym (not verified) on March 19, 2013 2:17 am
People with enough years - or close to enough years - are retiring because (1) threat to the current pension system (Harrisburg's push) and (2) threat of decrease in salary, contribution to medical and (3) loss of pay for personal days. That said, some of these principals (CAPA, GAMP, FLC, Masterman, etc. have at least 35 - and some over 40 years - "in the system." They will leave with a hefty pension considering Ackerman made all principals 12 month employees. Maybe, now, Hite will return principals to 11 month and save a bit of cash. Too many principals and assistant principals spend the summer chilling while getting paid.)
Submitted by Employee (not verified) on March 19, 2013 8:23 am
Principals just sit in their office with wall unit AIR CONDITIONED running on high, staying a few hours going home nice and cool and clean collecting a fat paycheck every two weeks. Meanwhile the district continues to cut the amount of 1201 employees per building increasing the work load on all 1201 engineers and cleaners. Most 1201 workers earn an average of $9.51 to $22.00 an hour forced to give back an additional 7% to the district every pay. They must pull all furniture out of classrooms, clean the entire room including walls, furniture, light fixtures, chalk boards, windows and shades, strip all floors and apply 3 to 4 coats of wax returning all furniture when floors dry etc... for the entire building. (Temps reaching over 110' in hallway and rooms) Most buildings have no central air condition. There are wall units in computer rooms which they are denied access to. Don't worry about the 1201 blue collar workers we're just happy to have a job! Allowing the district to take everything we've fought to earn over the last 60+ years. Funny the costs of living never goes down but are pay has. Good Luck PFT with your new contract. Principals enjoy sitting home collecting your fat retirement check this summer and getting to keep your benefits too! Just Saying!
Submitted by ConcernedRoxParent (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:31 am
It is not fair to say that every principal is like this, just as it isn't fair to say every teacher doesn't do their job. Yes, there are some principals who don't do anything but collect the paycheck, just as there are some teachers who don't care. However, to paint them all with the same broad brush is just not fair. I can say that the principal at my sons school is involved and engaged. He is very rarely in the office becasue he is walking the building, talking to the kids, talking to parents, meeting with staff. So again, I say unfair to say that ALL principals just sit in their air conditioned offices and don't do anything.
Submitted by Employee (not verified) on March 20, 2013 12:02 pm
I was speaking about 12month Principals during the SUMMER when there is no longer staff or students present! Also I never said all Principals...Those who I refer to know who they are, and so do the 1201 employees that were denied the 5% raise due to them Jan 2012 according to their contract. Then forced by a union busting admistration to give back 2% more of their earnings in August 2012 and again donating another 4% this coming July 2013. If we add that alltogether thats 11% TAKEN.....BTW did you know Dr. Hite can get up to a 20% raise for every year of his contract. The School District they want a 13% GIVE BACK FROM the PFT members. BIG WIGS TAKE FROM THE POOR AND FILL THEIR POCKETS AND RUN ON TO THE NEXT STATE! Just saying
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 21, 2013 6:43 am
Hey, Go go to college, earn a teaching degree, then go to college again and earn your master's degree, then go to college again and get certified as a Principal. There are 54 schools to choose from. Maybe then you can earn "sitting" in A/C and earn a paycheck. Until then, lets get the cleaning done.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 21, 2013 10:08 am
Many of us who have multiple degrees and certifications (including supervisory) feel the same way about the decision to make principals 12-month employees. Aside from the money, many of the principals were less than thrilled, since many had summer jobs or planned to spend time with family. There really isn't so much to be done over the summer that all of the principals need to be there all of the time. Especially with no summer school. Instead, they now are given vacation days to be used during the school year, so we will randomly be short a VP for several days while they fly to Vegas. It was a very high cost the the district budget for few benefits.
Submitted by Employee (not verified) on March 21, 2013 1:26 pm
It is called mismanagement of funds!!!!! Lets pay a Principal 12 months (waste of money) give them 4 weeks vacation during the school year (waste more money and pay someone to replace them in their absence!!!!) That's why charter, private and catholic schools will be all you see in Philadelphia soon! The Philadelphia school district takes the best price offered for a product, even if the product is CRAP! Most responsible companies look for the best product for the best price...DON'T NEED TO GO TO COLLEGE TO SEE THAT! As a matter of fact I'm a resident of Philadelphia so it's my earnings as well as the rest of the citizen’s in this city who also pay city tax, hard earned money they waste. IT SHOULD BE THE CITIZENS CHOICE WHO RUNS OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT; WE CHOOSE WHO RUNS OUR CITIES AND COUNTRY! The last decent Superintendant we had here was CONNEY CLAYTON she was from Philadelphia started as a teacher and worked her way up within the District and there was NO SRC and we were in the black! Just saying
Submitted by Education Grad ... on March 19, 2013 5:03 pm
Anonym, Regarding pensions, can you elaborate on some of the specifics of the threats to current pensions? I ask because my understanding is that Corbett's proposed changes would not affect currently accrued benefits, only future benefits. I'm not a member of PSERS so I don't know that much about the details of the pension system. Thanks. EGS
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Submitted by Long-time resident (not verified) on March 18, 2013 10:02 pm
Just take the top leadership of the top schools and FORCE them out. Way to go! Now ALL of our schools will suffer. What are they thinking at 440 North Broad?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 11:13 pm
They are thinking they want to trash public education so the district can be turned over to charter management companies.
Submitted by Long-time resident (not verified) on March 18, 2013 11:37 pm
Agreed! Read the Will Bunch Article:
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 18, 2013 11:13 pm
The students at the top performing schools will perform well inspite of leadership. They are the brightest and best in the city. It's the comprehensive and neighborhood schools that must take what's left. While there are some high performing students who do attend neighbirhood schools, the majority need supports and interventions. There is no money to provide either.
Submitted by Joe (not verified) on March 19, 2013 7:09 am
Long-Time--They're NOT thinking. They're following a designed script right out of the ALEC Handbook. Big Money is calling ALL the shots right now. Why don't you see this on your own??
Submitted by Long-time resident (not verified) on March 19, 2013 12:57 am
I disagree. All the money is going to the charter schools. Look at how much has been given to Performing Arts Charter to open a high school when there are already two arts-based high schools in the same region. This is union busting at its best.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 12:31 am
Your correct. Union busting of all unions.
Submitted by Long-time resident (not verified) on March 19, 2013 12:47 am
That's why they are funding charter schools: no unions. Also recall that the academic standards are more lax for charter schools. I'm just surprised at the boldness and swiftness of the District's actions.
Submitted by tom-104 on March 19, 2013 6:22 am
It's called "shock and awe". Do the attack swiftly and massively so the foe doesn't have time to organize to defend itself. The Broad Foundation method they call "churn", maximum disruption and chaos to achieve your goal. "Who is Eli Broad and why does he want to destroy public education?"
Submitted by Joe (not verified) on March 19, 2013 11:09 am
Long Term-------There's more to it than that but what you said is correct. The urban areas are being carpet bombed by starving the cities in general, cutting dollars for schools, propping up charters so the pols and the operators can make money off the backs of the kids, destroying democracy in the urban areas and ending the civil and worker rights as you suggest. Also, ending the middle class and making the poor, hopelessly poor. The inner cities will be like massive WalMarts, wastelands of total despair. Tell me where I'm wrong.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on March 19, 2013 5:09 pm
Long-time resident, When you say that academic standards are more lax for charters, can you elaborate on what you mean? Thanks. EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 2:54 am
Lets hope Hite has a more school based an open process than Nixon did last year. Nixon chose many principals for schools - and we know she picked her friends. Even with schools that demanded site selection for principals, the process was often mared because of the "choices" provided by Nixon. I went through the process - some of the most incompetent, inexperienced and unqualified choices I have ever met. It was an insult to the school's staff and the community. We need more qualified and competent principals - not a recycling of the politically, socially (and "religiously") connected. It would also help if the principals have had exemplary, full time (not other duties) teaching experience at the grade level (e.g. high school for high school).
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 2:18 am
Ideally 10 years of exemplary, full time teaching experience. Far too many principals have only taught 5 years (and often less since they had "duties") - they are NOT instructional leaders.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 7:01 am
Please post the research about this. I would like to read it. Tks.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 2:10 am
I strongly agree that principals should have teaching experience at the grade level of the schools at which they are leading. However, 10 years probably isn't necessary. Both as a student and as a teacher, I have noticed very little difference in the quality of teachers after 4-5 years. A given teacher (hopefully) gets better, but many of the best teachers/colleagues I've had were already more proficient at their craft at 5 or 6 years than colleagues with 10-15 years of experience. Obviously 1-2 years isn't enough, but 10 years isn't really necessary. Additionally, many of the tasks required of a principal are quite different from teaching. So, someone's skills in those areas will have more to do with their effectiveness as a leader than the 8th and 9th years teaching. I would take an administrator with 5-6 years of teaching experience, and some energy and desire to be a good leader over one with 15 years who got tired of the day-to-day teaching grind (and, unfortunately, that happens more than should happen).
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 4:41 am
Principals are suppose to be "instructional leaders." If they can't put together a decent unit plan, can't determine how to plan instruction that engages students, etc., they can not be an instructional leader. Principals evaluate teachers based on instruction - I've never had a principal who had any idea how to plan instruction no less implement a series of lessons.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on March 20, 2013 5:17 am
I absolutely agree with you. I have never met an effective principal who was not previously an effective teacher. Effective leadership can not be taught from a book. It can not be taught by a professor. While study of leadership helps, it must be learned by doing like any other ability is developed. Effective leadership is learned through experience and the requisite "background of experience" can not be gained without putting in the time and serving in various leadership positions. If one cannot lead a class effectively, they certainly cannot lead a school effectively. Growth in leadership ability, like any other ability takes time, experience and dedication to learning how to become an effective leader. Our most effective leaders "emerge" into leadership positions long before they ever pick up a book on leadership or read a study of effective leaders and the characteristics of effective leaders. Experience matters.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 4:38 pm
Experience does matter. However, being an educator is no different from many professions. A given person, if they are a serious and reflective practitioner, will get better. However, a given individual may be better at year X than a colleague is at Year X+5 or X+10. The practice of elevating people to leadership roles within 2-3 years is silly. But so it the practice of insisting that someone serve in the classroom for 10 years before assuming full-time leadership roles. My best teachers, both as a student and as a colleague, were pretty evenly distributed between 5 and 25 years of experience. And some of the worst were equally distributed. Someone's ability to see the whole picture and integrate it with the experience in the classroom will have a much greater impact on their ability to lead than pure years of experience. I've had several principals/assistant principals who spend years in the classroom that essentially "forgot" all of that quickly. And by far the best assistant principal I ever worked under was only in the classroom for 6.5 years. I think part of what made him so excellent was that he still had the energy to get his hands dirty and help out pro-actively. One key is that there should be more proactivity in identifying people will good leadership potential and nurturing them. Too often in Philadelphia, leadership falls to the person who's been there the longest, whether they want it or not. Good leaders are very rare (which is why truly good leaders are so successful--they are also super rare). On example that some to mind is Saliyah Cruz. I never worked for her, but I've never heard a bad thing about her. She started at West Philly when she was 33, I think. Yet in three years there did more good than a whole host of people, most of who had more classroom and leadership "experience."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 4:08 pm
I've had very few that could properly evaluate. And it seems to have no correlation with the number of years that person was a teacher. Especially in systems with very little oversight--like Philadelphia--number of years in the classroom may or may not have any correlations with teaching proficiency. Given the lack of meaningful coaching/feedback/oversight most Philly teachers get (even under Ackerman's "scrutiny), you could spend many years in an SDP classroom without developing much as an educator. Many do develop. But experience alone, without reflection and some self-motivation to develop, won't yield better educators.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 6:08 am
She's Dr Penny Nixon. She successfully defended her proposal at University of Penn. Every thread finds it way back to her. You all discuss her like she's Beyonce. While people were spewing their venom about her, she was doing her research and writing (something productive). Same thing that is happening with principals will happen next with teachers.
Submitted by Truth (not verified) on March 19, 2013 6:15 am
Talk about venom!
Submitted by Joe (not verified) on March 19, 2013 11:46 am
Penny----Please Stop. There are no more people to lie to.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 2:45 pm
Ok Penny.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on March 19, 2013 10:01 am
Ben: What are the required "procedures" and "rules" for the selection of our principals, if any? I have written a good deal about the research on the best practices in principal selection and legal issues surrounding those decisions. Not only does Leaderhip Matter, but so does "How we Choose Our Leaders Matter! It matters so very much.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 11:44 am
Paul Robeson High School is also a vacancy for September 2013; it was inadvertently omitted from the list of vacancies.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 12:53 pm
Paul Robeson principal is retiring. Decision made long before the FMP.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 3:30 pm
I wonder if they made a special deal with "retiring" principals, so they could get more openings for the displaced principals.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 4:54 pm
No. There is always high turnover in the district.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 4:52 pm
Does anybody know what is going on with Motivation? I noticed on the SDP website, it is listed on "schools approved for closure" in regards to student reassignment. I asked someone I know whose daughter goes there, and indeed, they were given a form to pick a new school, or "reapply" for Motivation. I was under the impression that they were moving to a new building, and BOTH staff AND students would follow. Is that not the case anymore? Has there been a bait and switch by 440? What about the staff there? Will they have to reapply as well?
Submitted by linda (not verified) on March 19, 2013 8:08 pm
I think that Motivation will be reaasigned to a school that was cited as "falling down" then sold to charter school usage and now is back as the new spot for Motivation formerly known as Turner Middle School. Kids can pick to go in that they do have the right to go to the neighborhood school or interview for sp. admit schools. Teachers can file the right to follow a class but then you must figure who will have to move so that the teacher can follow. If senior years count then teachers move from "right to follow" to the "possibility of following"......what gets me is that one assumes a group of kids would ALL choose to go further away from their home/old school. I think that 440/SRC will see who hangs it up and then go from there in the made rush to start school with the claim of "don't worry that all of the kids will have teacher in every room with all needed supplies" One can wait and see.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 4:41 pm
This is a disgrace! Dr. Carr who started GAMP 39 years ago and built it to the magnificent school it has become has to reapply for his position? I was in the very 1st class at GAMP and know that Dr. Carr puts his heart and soul into this school. He cares about every staff member and student. He drives many students to auditions because he cares. There is no way you can replace this amazing and dedicated man. Why not force out those teachers who have 30 yrs in and are worthless as educators? Keep those educators who make the children want to go to school and who help them strive to be better students. Dr. Carr will be missed by thousands of people whose lives he touched.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 5:38 pm
He is retiring. You misread the letter.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:52 am
He's only retiring this year to save 3 jobs in HIS school. This school will never be the same without him.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:23 am
That was the same line used by the previous principal at GAMP - Milicia - and it was not true. He claimed he was saving Carr's job as AP. Instead, GAMP put Carr into the principal position (with nice increase in salary) and GAMP got a new AP. Don't believe the hype!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:30 am
Actually that's not completely correct. Dr. Milicia did retire to save jobs - not Dr. Carr's job however. And GAMP neither wanted nor needed an AP. She was sent by the District after being told we had no budget for teaching staff. Made no sense at all. She is a lovely woman but the school would have been fine without her. A lot of people thought she was put in as a "mole" and hey, look at that, more cutbacks, jobs on the line and insanity. Coincidence?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 19, 2013 5:38 pm
I'm pretty sure that Dr. Carr is retiring and where it says "vacancy" it means that principal is retiring (leaving a vacancy for the upcoming school year). The other schools on the list may require the currently sitting principal to reapply.
Submitted by Joe. (not verified) on March 19, 2013 8:20 pm
Yes, there's nothing more demeaning that having to reapply for your own job.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 2:00 am
If someone is doing a good job, I'm not sure why they'd have a problem re-applying for their job? It adds some stress, I suppose. But if you are doing it well, why not see it as an opportunity to showcase all the excellent things you've done?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 3:41 am
Yeah, what's so bad about finding out you have to reapply for your job through an email notifying your colleagues your position is available? I have no idea why someone in that situation who received no advance warning of this possibility might feel as though their employer has no intention of treating them as a professional and considering their reapplication in good faith...
Submitted by Joe. (not verified) on March 20, 2013 7:42 am
I agree.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 7:42 am
This is a snark, right?
Submitted by Maryann (not verified) on March 19, 2013 8:10 pm
"District is trying to maintain as much stability as possible in school leadership." Really?” Jack Carr, the current principal of GAMP sets the bar for leadership skills and has been for many years - just view GAMP's academic history under his leadership before and during his role as Principal. The School District should have been consulting with Dr. Carr on what it takes to be a leader in our schools. I must say I am so disappointed in the Philadelphia School District's decisions. They are truly problematic for those of us who are advocates for public school education.
Submitted by Matt (not verified) on March 21, 2013 9:58 am
Maryanne, thanks for your description of how asking Jack Carr to reapply is just a disgrace. Also, he'll make more retired than working, and then factor in the cost of his replacement, so this isn't really about cost savings, it's about fueling the agenda of privatization of Susquehanna Capital/Students First PAC and their ilk.
Submitted by AnonymosPA teacher (not verified) on March 19, 2013 10:02 pm
I wonder why the district decided to operate more promise academies. Where is the money coming from? Are those students going to get blazers like the first ones did? Will the school day end at 4 pm? Someone please explain.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 5:33 am
There are some schools that will never become viable learning institutions with the current staff (teachers, principal, counselor, building engineer, etc.). There are just too many toxic people, who manufacture chaos, in one location that have festered for too many years. The Promise Academy model affords the opportunity to start from scratch in order to give students in a thriving community a chance at a fair opportunity to learn in a safe, positive school climate where student achievement and the improvement of professional practice becomes the primary focus. Just my humble opinion...
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 5:50 am
The Promise Academy model DOES NOT WORK!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 22, 2013 7:41 pm
Trust me. Promise Academies do not work. I am from Clemente.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 7:16 am
I was at an school about 10 years ago that became one of the "Edison Schools". I naively stayed (we were all given the option of a forced transfer) thinking that the change would be great (I was still in my 20s. Again, young and naive). A new principal came in, several new staff came in, they flew us all down to Atlanta, Georgia for a week of rah-rah. They promised us great stuff. What did the school look like by the end of September? The same as the end of September from the year prior. Sure some of the staff and students at the Promise Academies like the change, and think the schools are better, but are they? I seriously doubt it. What do I know. Maybe I am wrong, but psychological tricks can do amazing things to the brain.
Submitted by Retired PAcad teacher (not verified) on March 20, 2013 7:24 pm
The Promise Academy I was force transferred to WAS toxic (and, as my former colleagues inform me, still is). The new regime manufactured chaos that was as bad or worse than what went before. I was lucky to leave and find other employment.
Submitted by Dave (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:21 am
You know what I love.... watching teachers on the Leadership Team that have gotten used to being privileged now pooping in their pants because the party is over.....
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 9:38 am
A change of Principal can be such a humbling experience for some......
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 20, 2013 11:58 am
I agree. There are few things more amusing than "Leadership" (I use that word very loosely) Team members who cannot handle 10-12 of their colleagues multi-tasking in a CPT or TLC meeting (or whatever it's called this week), having to now go back into a classroom full of 33 students for 90 minutes and be shocked that the kids will not just sit there quietly and listen to them spout their wisdom or the latest "company line." The most insulting thing to teachers in the classroom, and harmful to the kids, are these "Leadership" Team members (including Principals) who have only 2-5 years of actual teaching (full time, with a full roster and with 33 kids per class) experience trying to tell the teacher who has 10-20 years of actual in the classroom experience how to teach!
Submitted by Dave (not verified) on March 20, 2013 2:06 pm
You are so right.
Submitted by Dave (not verified) on March 20, 2013 2:22 pm
Yes, it's fun to sit back and watch them scurry around all nervous.
Submitted by Joe (not verified) on March 20, 2013 1:05 pm
Dave--You seem to have other issues with which you need to deal.
Submitted by Katie (not verified) on March 21, 2013 9:38 am
Well- that's going to make it tough to help transition a school when you have to unexpectedly fight for your own job. Who hired the SRC? Who put them in charge? If it's not Nutter- who is directly in control? Because I have some common sense complaints to the management.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 21, 2013 7:09 pm
The article is about principal vacancies. Maybe there will be some fairness to this process now that Penny Nixon is gone. Principals of FMP schools should not have to reapply for their jobs.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 22, 2013 2:17 pm
Is Linda Wayman from Strawberry mansion retiring? I saw Mansion on that list.

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