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Its an unusually high number of ...
Its an unusually high number of superintendent vacancies, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition in Washington, D.C., of the nations 67 largest urban school systems.
That means competition for Hillsborough.
The biggest problem they are going to face is the number of openings in other major school systems across the country, Casserly
Reasons for superintendent turnover vary, Casserly
said, but most leaders leave either because they are retiring or the school board has changed.
Casserly, of the Council of the Great City Schools, says its unusual for a superintendent of a large district to stay in the post for 10 years.
On average, appointed superintendents in big districts stay for just over three years, he
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Michael Casserly - Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools
"I always worry about people being set up as saviors and then later on being crucified when they fall from grace."
When Michael Casserly learned that Michelle Rhee had accepted the position of Chancellor of the DC Schools, he was surprised - but not for the reason you might think.
Casserly served on the board of Rhee's non-profit, The New Teacher Project, and knew that she knew how challenging the job would be.
"She's got to raise the academic performance of the kids in the school system; she's got to clean up the finance system and close the internal control problems.
She's got to help fix the buildings; she's got to overhaul the personnel and Human Resource system of the school district.
She's got to help recapture and regain the public's confidence in the public schools," Casserly told us with a gleam in his eye.
"So, other than that, it ought to be a cakewalk."
is well versed in the challenges of running large urban school systems.
For over 30 years, he's worked at the Council of the Great City Schools - a coalition of the nation's 66 largest urban public school systems which aims to promote urban education through legislation, research, and the media. (Episode 1)
Mike Casserly, head of the ...
Mike Casserly, head of the Council of the Great City Schools, has a more nuanced perspective.
"Whether or not people are testing too much is a judgment call," says Casserly
Casserly's organization is conducting the first-ever national inventory of testing policies in 67 urban school systems, including Milwaukee.
says based on the preliminary findings, one thing is clear: "A lot of districts give tests we don't need to give, or duplicate one another."
Michael Casserly, Independent Board Member
Michael Casserly has served as Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools since January 1992.
Casserly also served as the organization's Director of Legislation and Research for 15 years before assuming his current position.
As head of the urban school group, Casserly unified big city schools nationwide around a vision of reform and improvement; led the nation's largest urban school districts to volunteer for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); guided the organization to be the first national education-membership group to call for the Common Core Standards; initiated an aggressive technical assistance program to improve urban education; directed the development of public education's first performance management system; and led the first national study of common practices among the nation's fastest improving urban school districts.
is currently spearheading efforts to boost academic performance in the nation's big city schools; strengthen management and operations; and improve the public's image of urban education.