Maine Schools in Focus

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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