Just who exactly controls our schools?

 

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The seems to be a power struggle going on in our schools – one that could have far reaching implications for every family and every principal. It looks like the state government will need to play the role of umpire and I guess your happiness about that may well depend on your politics. So what exactly is going on?

 

In the last few days there have been two stories in the press. One suggesting that it might be a good idea to give the hiring and firing power to parents. They will ultimately decide whether the school principal stays or goes. On the other hand we have teachers and principals looking for increased power to expel students from their school.

Imagine the stand off? You expel my child and I will fire you. Not a pleasant scenario. Or a principal dealing differently with the child of the chairperson of the Parents and Friends committee for fear of the consequences. Or ‘informal discussions’ taking place to ensure things work out ‘smoothly’ for both the student and the staff member.

Of course there are merits and pitfalls with both arguments and I would hope that common sense will prevail. However, as we know, the problem with common sense is that it isn’t that common anymore!

What do you think? Are you happy with your child’s principal? Would you go as far as to make them leave? Has your child been expelled? How did you cope and would you seek revenge if it was available?

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