Bush Institute helps districts revamp principal recruitment, training

Between 2014 and 2016, almost half the principals in Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS), located outside Richmond, Virginia, either retired or left the district at a time when schools were growing more diverse and student performance was starting to slip.“We had this huge group of folks retire that were pillars of the community,” Thomas Taylor, the district’s chief academic officer, said in an interview. “They were very strong principals, but in an older way of doing business. And our bench was not deep.”On top of that, CCPS was paying principals less than they could earn in surrounding districts, which limited the system’s ability to attract “top candidates,” Taylor said.

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