Fewer Principals Flee from D.C. Schools

August 17, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — Turnover among principals of the District’s chronically troubled but reforming public schools is beginning to stabilize, a Washington Examiner analysis shows.  On Monday, 24 of about 125 school principals will start in D.C. Public Schools, replacing leaders who fled the system or whom school officials said weren’t making the grade. That’s fewer than the 30 replacements needed last school year and the 26 the year before that.  As former Chancellor Michelle Rhee shook up the school system — even firing the principal of her children’s school — turnover among principals fluctuated from 28 to 19 to 43 to 26, year to year.  “We are actually retaining more of the principals that we want,” Rhee’s successor, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, said at her confirmation hearing.

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