NYTimes Opinion Piece: “Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office”

New York Times Columnist, David Leonhardt’s recent Op-Ed examines how education reform often skips over one of the best solutions for helping students. The article introduces Gregory Jones, the principal of Kenwood Academy High School, in Chicago and how schools in the area are prime examples of how reform can be done.

Here is an excerpt from the opinion piece, published on March 10, 2017.

“Virtually every public school in the country has someone in charge who’s called the principal. Yet principals have a strangely low profile in the passionate debates about education. The focus instead falls on just about everything else: curriculum (Common Core and standardized tests), school types (traditional versus charter versus private) and teachers (how to mold and keep good ones, how to get rid of bad ones). You hear far more talk about holding teachers accountable than about principals.

But principals can make a real difference. Overlooking them is a mistake — and fortunately, they’re starting to get more attention. The federal education law passed in 2015, to replace No Child Left Behind, puts a new emphasis on the development of principals. So have some innovative cities and states, including Denver, New Orleans and Massachusetts.”

To read the entire Op-Ed, visit: http://nyti.ms/2mCkMqk.