Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Loss of Position (School Principal)
The principal's job has become significantly more demanding. State accountability mandates, changing student demographics, and conflicting political pressures combine to make the principal's role more complex and precarious. Sometimes principals are not able to navigate this environment and find themselves fired. Understanding why some principals are terminated is important for both practitioners and preparation programs. Two recent studies have examined principal termination. One study compared the perceptions of public school principals and superintendents in California about the reasons principals lose their jobs. Both groups agreed that the primary causes for involuntary departure were related to personal characteristics and quality of interpersonal relationships rather than to technical or management skills. They differed in the ranking assigned ...