Apparently, according to a recent article by the DMN’s Matthew Haag, 68 Dallas ISD principals have been placed on “growth plans” this year, a euphemism for ”not toeing the party line.” Haag says that most were guilty of not performing the required number of spot observations or not admitting they had some bad apples in the teaching staff and placing them in growth plan purgatory. Haag’s information leads him to state that 30-40 principals from this group plus 10-15 others being “forced out for various reasons” makes a total of 40-50 principals that will not return next year, and this total may not include principals that choose to leave without being asked.
The ever present commenter and former teacher Bill Betzen asks in the comments to the article where he can find the academic indicators and drop out data that surely must be behind the decisions to non- renew these educators. Bill, not only is the data not there, it’s not important. Data did not drive these decisions. Test scores aren’t in, heck, testing hasn’t even been completed. Even though graduation rates have been rising, according to district news releases, the first class to graduate under Miles’ leadership has yet to walk a stage.
This is all about compliance. Do it Miles’ way or hit the road. Which leads to the question: should a principal packing their bags and cleaning out their desk wear a scarlet letter or a badge of courage?