Alternative School Leadership Structures

The American Federation of School Administrators believes that the school principal is the educational leader of a school and all final decisions rest with that individual. However, the Federation feels that there are many different ways to govern a school and supports the implementation of innovative strategies and policies that are based on contractual/formal agreements between school districts and local affiliates. The Federation believes that the scope of such programs can enhance a learning environment, but that they should not usurp the final authority of the principal. Participation in such program must be voluntary and provide additional time for planning, training, and compensation for staff. The Federation also feels that parental involvement in school decision making is necessary. However, the Federation has strong reservations about parental control of faculty hiring, firing and running day to day operations.