Mississippi Schools: Appoint Superintendents

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

There is one major education reform in Mississippi that could be accomplished easily and would not cost anything - requiring that all school superintendents be appointed.

Electing school superintendents is a throwback to another era when small community school districts voted on school leaders.

It sounds so democratic. But it simply is bad policy that restricts a community from recruiting the best and allowing that professional educator to operate with independence needed to succeed.

Mississippi elects 64 school superintendents in its 152 school districts. To put that in perspective, only 147 of the nation's 14,500 school districts elect superintendents.

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