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Can teachers run a school with no principal?

September 1, 2010

A Monitor article published today looks at an eye-opening trend in education reform: schools run by teachers.

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As reporter Stacy Teicher Khadaroo writes:

The idea has gained currency as debates rage over the best ways to ensure that teachers can bring up student achievement. The drumbeat of "teacher accountability" is getting louder – with everyone from President Obama to district leaders calling for teachers to meet high standards or risk being removed.

In response, more teachers are standing up to say, "Fine. Hold us accountable. But let us do it our way."

While each teacher-led school is unique, the shared decisionmaking is what defines them. The teachers' participation tends to create a culture quite different from that in a traditional principal-led school: Teachers can't hide behind the classroom door or complain about policies, because they have to come up with solutions.

What do you think about this concept? Share your ideas below.


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