Oklahoma City district experiencing turnover in principals - Houston Chronicle

Oklahoma City district experiencing turnover in principals - Houston Chronicle



OKLAHOMA
CITY (AP) — Around half of the principals at the 11 high schools in the
Oklahoma City district are retiring, resigning or taking another job
with the district, and the leader of a teacher union said he hasn't seen
that many vacancies at one time during his more than decade-long
tenure.

"I
think they're seeing that there are too many challenges in this
district and not the support that they think they need to address those
challenges," said Ed Allen, president of the union that represents the district's 2,700 teachers.

The
turnover follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education
for possible civil rights violations regarding disciplinary actions
against students, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1KGHcvs ) reported. Superintendent Rob Neu recently released a report that showed the district suspends minority students at a much higher rate than their white peers.

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Neu said in a Wednesday statement that some of the resignations were expected.

"Resignations
often occur when an organization is making significant, major
improvements," Neu said. "We were prepared for the fact that making
bold, student-focused changes to shift the culture of Oklahoma City Public Schools could very well lead to some resignations and staffing changes."

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