Administrators Have More Flexibility Than Thought

It’s common some circles to say that the hands of school administrators are tied by agreements with the teacher union. But the Fordham Institute says that isn’t necessarily so.

Contrary to accepted conventional wisdom, most of the largest districts in America have ambiguous agreements, providing principals and school leaders with considerable discretionary autonomy to manage their respective schools. But most school leaders are not willing to use their inherent discretionary authority (PDF).

No district in Kansas is in the study (and neither is the KCMO district), but the results may apply to schools in the state all the same.

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