According to a recent report, half of the country’s 500-largest school districts have or will change their superintendent since the pandemic.
The 74 reported that the churn worries education bureaucrats because forty-seven of the five-hundred districts have had two superintendents within the past several years. Overall, superintendents coming and going went up 46% from 2018 to 2022.
Also, the report highlighted that two-thirds of the outgoing female superintendents were replaced by male superintendents.
Much of the criticism focused on activist parents, who pushed for changes in superintendents over issues such as sexual or gender identity content in school library books, transgender bathrooms, and Critical Race Theory. Yet the criticism ignored that superintendents failed to meet the demands of their constituents, who are tax-paying parents.
In Florida, for example, voters put conservative school board members into power who then fired unpopular superintendents.
Then, in northern Virginia, the Loudoun County’s school board fired its superintendent for allegedly covering up two sexual assaults.
Either way, not many will shed tears for outgoing superintendents because many make up to six figures in annual salary in large school districts.