In my previous posts on the 65% Rule, I have noted that the definition of "in the classroom" being used by the groups advancing this concept was created by the NCES in 1980 and has not been updated since. Among the expenses not included in the Rule are high school principals.
In discussing this recently with one of the legislators who represents Spring Branch, he stated that having a building principal and grade level principals for each grade was unnecessary and supported the NCES exclusion of these administrators. It occurred to me that most people including many of our elected state legislators don't understand the difficult job these people do every day. One of our principals has provided me with the information below which I believe clearly shows the importance of these education leaders to the success of our students, and why it is foolish not to include them (as well as counselors, nurses, etc.) in the definition of classroom expenditures.
SBISD high schools are staffed with 1 administrative assistant principal, and 4 grade level assistant principals. On average, high school administrators have 2-3 late nights per week.
Day to day responsibilities include:
1. Minimum of 2.5 hours per day of direct student supervision before school, during lunches, and after school.
2. Discipline management for an average of 500 students per grade level. this includes parent conferences, referring students to attendance officers, attending meetings required by state and federal guidelines such as STAT, 504, LPAC and ARD meetings.