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Time to replace top DOE leaders and give more power to schools

By Eileen Clarke, Gary Griffiths and Betty Mow

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 01, 2014

~~<p>The Star-Advertiser recently alerted the public to discontent among public school principals, via coverage of a critical survey that found 88 percent of 160 principals saying central administration is not providing sufficient support to the schools, and 65 percent fearing retaliation for disagreeing with or questioning systemwide initiatives (<a href="http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/20140515_Principals_feel_theyre_hamstrung_survey_finds.html?id=259341481&amp;id=259341481&amp;c=n">&quot;Principals feel they're hamstrung, survey finds,&quot;</a> May 15).</p>
<p>A follow-up commentary by four former principals called the current system &quot;dysfunctional&quot; and pressed for school empowerment (<a href="http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorialspremium/20140520__Public_school_leaders_must_be_empowered_to_achieve_success.html?id=259901981">&quot;Public school leaders must be empowered to achieve success,&quot; </a>Island Voices, May 20); and an editorial called on state Department of Education leadership, school board members and the governor to heed the calls (<a href="http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorialspremium/20140521__Address_principals_concerns.html?id=260067831">&quot;Address principals' concerns,&quot;</a> Our View, May 21).</p>
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The Star-Advertiser recently alerted the public to discontent among public school principals, via coverage of a critical survey that found 88 percent of 160 principals saying central administration is not providing sufficient support to the schools, and 65 percent fearing retaliation for disagreeing with or questioning systemwide initiatives ("Principals feel they're hamstrung, survey finds," May 15).

A follow-up commentary by four former principals called the current system "dysfunctional" and pressed for school empowerment ("Public school leaders must be empowered to achieve success," Island Voices, May 20); and an editorial called on state Department of Education leadership, school board members and the governor to heed the calls ("Address principals' concerns," Our View, May 21). Login for more...



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