"But it’s not just a South Asian issue or even a racial issue — we had some white males say, ‘I’m not schmoozing with the right people, so I can’t get a permanent job,’” said company president Tana Turner.This lady did her job!
Among the changes to start immediately:No. You have an HR department, who as bad as they are, is one central organization which can be audited for hiring-behaviour, and which 'doesn't have a horse in the race' of staffing a particular school. Assign teachers to schools from the central office. Also doesn't let a principal control their little fief and opens a school to a wider variety of skills than one principal can conceive of in their bureaucratic mind.
- At least two people must conduct a job interview — the principal and someone else...
'Aren't principals the best judge of their school's needs?' No, quite otherwise. They can judge their own needs, as they perceive them, which as for most people is someone who kisses ass. I have had six principals in my school-board. One I got along with well, but though it suited me, I do not think he was professional. One was entirely fair and not overly friendly with me, and entirely professional. The other four were all significantly unprofessional, and two were a problem for me - because I have a penis and because I don't kiss ass. Everyone knows that many principals did the minimum number of years in the classroom and all the other steps to principal, and will do so in the position too, chasing the most perks and pay. These types more often come from parents who did the same, of course.
Principals have been hiring each others' kids for ever. I only got an interview in an Ontario, Canada, school-board*, because there was a dire teacher shortage, AND my mother had a friend who'd been a principal. That connection wouldn't have been sufficient even two years later.
*And the job only because there was a dire shortage of teachers.