Superintendents have always been politicians. Now they have to be diplomats too.

Jul 19, 2023
In a Rand survey, 80% of superintendents call their jobs stressful, largely because of the intrusion of political issues into schooling.
Heather Schwartz of the Rand Corp. suggests providing more communication tools to school leaders.
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School superintendents are leaving in droves. How do districts prep new candidates?

Apr 26, 2023
The job requires leaders to be good with both people and money.
The Public Schools Superintendents' Association of Maryland is putting on an academy for aspiring superintendents to develop administrators qualified to lead districts.
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Why would a former investment banker want to run Los Angeles schools?

May 4, 2018
Austin Beutner is a former investment banker, deputy mayor and publisher. We asked him about what he brings to LAUSD.
“Schools don't have a bottom line, but that doesn't mean you can't measure and hold accountable,” Austin Beutner says. Above, he attends the Alliance for Children's Rights 25th Anniversary Celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
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