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Survey Reveals Principals Feel Strapped

An anonymous survey of 160 public school principals reveals many feel they're less empowered to implement decisions to help their schools and they don't speak up out of fear of retaliation. The survey was conducted in April by two longtime principals who retired in December. Among the findings, 64.4% feel restricted in implementing decisions to help their schools, 87.7% say they don't have a "system of support" as required by their collective bargaining agreement. 75.5% feel the implementation of Race to the Top reforms, especially the new performance-based evaluation system for teachers, has negatively impacted their schools and 94% feel the teacher evaluations have negatively affected morale.

 

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