Hiding the data

Tom Galvin didn’t want to see the real data, and he made sure the school board felt the same way. Superintendent Galvin, fearful of how this performance data would reflect on him personally since he was the principal while this data was turning sour, relied on his political skills to, well, sweep it under the rug.

School superintendents who rely exclusively on their political skills, while ignoring important data, delegating critical leadership tasks and failing to communicate effectively with the school board and the public about these issues, set the stage for chaos among school board members. Think of the most ridiculous day on the floor of the U.S. Congress. You get the idea, in microcosm, multiplied by far too many school districts in the nation.