Conventional wisdom says many educators get their first principal job in Philadelphia, and then leave for better-resourced schools in the suburbs.
But Penn GSE’s Matthew Steinberg says that’s wrong. He told WHYY that when Philadelphia principals leave a school, they are more likely to either take another job in Philadelphia or leave public education.
That was one of the findings in a new report from the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium by Steinberg and Haisheng Yang that assessed principal mobility in Philadelphia’s traditional public and charter schools. Steinberg and Yang looked at trends between 2007-2008 and 2015-2016.
Among their other findings: