Currently, the District is required to show "probable cause" to demote a principal. The amendment to the Race To The Top bill, if passed, would reduce that requirement to "valid reason".
The principals, of course, are opposed. The District is apparently also opposed.
Here is one of the more ironic exerpts from the article:
In Seattle, Jennifer Wiley, Franklin High principal and president of Seattle's principals association, says Carlyle's proposal isn't needed because the district already has the tools it needs to demote principals.
"If the tools aren't being used, then the responsibility lies with the leadership," she said.
While principals don't shy away from increased accountability, she said, they also need to have appropriate resources, supports and authority, which they have lacked in Seattle.
And accountability without support, she said, would deter strong leaders from working in schools that need good leadership the most.
Of course, this is exactly what the teachers are saying.