Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Superintendents and Principals Talk About What's Needed to Fix Public Schools

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Superintendents and Principals Talk About What's Needed to Fix Public Schools

According to a recent report from Public Agenda, resource-constrained school superintendents and principals are struggling to keep up with a flurry of new government mandates. Based on a survey of more than one thousand K-12 public school superintendents and 925 principals, Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Superintendents and Principals Talk About What's Needed to Fix Public Schools (76 pages, PDF) finds that 90 percent of school leaders say their responsibilities have increased without a corresponding increase in funding. Moreover, a majority of superintendents and principals express concern about the amount of time it takes to comply with such mandates and cite politics and bureaucracy as the main reasons their colleagues leave the field. The report also explores school leaders' views on the standards and accountability movement, the No Child Left Behind act, and teacher quality. The report is funded by the New York City-based Wallace Foundation as part of its national initiative to improve education leadership.