When I was running for the Board this year I often heard myself saying things that no one else was saying. That's not too surprising since I was running an issues-based campaign and the two other candidates for the position are running issues-free campaigns. Really. Check their web sites. You will find them scrubbed clean of any issues.
One of the things I was saying is that we need to re-define the mission and duties of the central administration and we need to re-define them more narrowly. The State Auditor is right; we don't need so many people working there - particularly in teaching and learning. Let's remember that there is no teaching and learning taking place at the JSCEE. That department needs a few curriculum experts - just a few since we are not developing our own curriculum but adopting either the State Standards and GLEs or adopting the college-readiness standards (when are we going to see a Board vote on that?). They also need some coaches, but not nearly as many as they have. A few coaches who are circulating among all of the schools and a few who are circulating only among the struggling schools or are assigned to specific schools as part of a turn-around plan. Seriously, what else do they need? Their mission is to support what happens in the schools and review it for quality - not to control it.
So when our friend Meg Diaz, who did some amazing analytical work on the absurdity of the recent closures, sent me a link to her blog post about the cost of the central administration, I knew that I had to tell everyone about it. READ THIS and know.
There is something very unusual going on. The Central Administration is growing at the same time that the District leadership is trying to tell us that it is shrinking.