Ed Allen (Point of View, Dec. 14) made some good points about deficiencies of Oklahoma City Public School administrators which can be applied statewide. How can legislators and the state Department of Education introduce new programs for educational improvement without examining every aspect of public school leadership, including the selection and training of principals and superintendents? These are the people who ultimately establish goals for the schools and evaluate teachers. If Allen is correct in his statement that we have school leaders who can't fix a broken school or can't recognize problems that stand right before them, then we need to change.
If school administration is the key to school improvement — and I believe it is — then our key people must be the cream of the crop who are the products of the best preparation programs. Perhaps we should consider an academy similar to the CLEET police training academy. It would have highly selective entrance requirements and specialized training techniques designed to turn out school administrators who have personal characteristics and skills that have been finely tuned to lead Oklahoma schools. Industry and the military recognized the significance of leadership long ago. Education needs to follow suit immediately. A “super school” for administrative training might be one answer to the problem of how to bring super schools to all levels of Oklahoma public education.
Gary Green, Blanchard