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Rise of the ‘rock star’ school superintendent

Post by Cheryl Tucker on March 31, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
March 31, 2008 2:07 pm

That’s the headline on an interesting article in today’s Christian Science Monitor that looks at the new breed of school superintendents and what lengths some struggling school districts are willing to go to in order to hire them.

The article cited an astonishing number – that 20 percent of school districts are actively looking for a superintendent. That seems really high to me; if true, maybe it’s partly a reflection of the baby boomer retirement wave we’re seeing in other public sector jobs like police and state government.

One of the most successful “rock star” superintendents cited in the article has a familiar name: former Tacoma superintendent Rudy Crew, now head of Miami-Dade in Florida. Crew was named superintendent of the year in 2007 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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