May 13, 2021

Has COVID-19 led to a mass exodus of superintendents?

The weight of the superintendency is heavy these days: Beleaguered staff. Exhausted teachers. Angry parents.

So as districts enter the spring—prime superintendent-resignation season—it’s a good time to ask: Will it all come to a head in a wave of superintendents racing for the exit doors?

Preliminary signs indicate an uptick in superintendent retirements and resignations so far this year. Two major recruitment firms for superintendents say they’ve been fielding an unusually high number of RFPs.

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