To follow up on the Fordham Foundation’s focus on leadership, I noticed an EdWeek article on central offices. Central district offices can be places of gross waste of government resources — in other words, typical government bureaucracy. But does this mean they should be done away with? What role can central offices play?
The authors of a new study argue in this article that central offices should be slimmed down and refocused on providing leadership support and training. Instead of getting bogged down in human resources and endless paperwork, central offices should focus on providing training and resources so principals and school leaders can do their jobs better.
I like this because it’s closer tied to student achievement. It also can allow greater freedom at the school level, which I favor because school environments vary so widely. Even within a single city, the needs of schools can be widely divergent.