Maine Schools in Focus

Maine Schools in Focus: What Is a Reasonable ‘Leadership Load’ For Our Principals?

The state of Maine sets the PreK-to-5 student-to-principal ratio at 305 students to one principal. In doing so, it ignores the numbers of staff our principals actually need to lead and supervise. When all the responsibilities of principalship are considered, local districts often surpass state recommendations. What is an appropriate “leadership load” for our principals?

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Maine Schools in Focus: More Work but Fewer Leaders — Efficiency vs. Reform?

We’ve heard proposals to “cut administration” for decades. Governors, legislators, and business people have argued that administrative costs are disproportionately high and that we must “create efficiencies.” At the same time, schools have been charged with implementing “transformational” changes in teaching and assessment, curriculum, personnel evaluation systems, and more — all requiring capable leaders in our schools and in our districts. How have these two trends played out in the daily work of our schools?

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