In an editorial, The New York Times recommends that urban districts around the country look closely at Charlotte-Mecklenburg as a model. One of NSBA’s CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) districts and a perennial presenter at our conferences, we’ve known about their innovative ways for quite some time. But to have The New York Times call attention to some of their improvements, and encourage districts nationwide and the U.S. Department of Education to take note, is worth a special mention. The editorial points out:
- The district puts the best principals in the schools with the biggest challenges.
- Principals are given bonuses when the school make academic gains and are able to recruit their new leadership teams.
- Principals are allowed to remove up to five teachers who are considered “hostile to reform.”