The Toledo Public Schools teachers’ union president wants to take the district’s lowest-performing school, remove the principal, and let teachers supervise themselves.
“Our proposal is that there would be no administrators and it will be totally teacher-led,” said Francine Lawrence, Toledo Federation of Teachers president…
…The idea has several hurdles, including state law that requires administrative leadership in schools and the Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel union’s contract that states there will be a principal in every school…
…David McClellan, president of the principal’s union, said he hasn’t seen Ms. Lawrence’s written proposal.
“I have heard she presented something to the board and that it is totally in opposition to our contract,” Mr. McClellan said.
“It is a very obvious violation of our agreement, and we are not going to let that happen.”
Ms. Lawrence said her goal is to increase student achievement.
This amusing impasse aside, it’s worth noting that Lawrence’s plan seems to have some elements to help get around this issue although decisonmaking and execution can be a challenge under this model.