Description: A report this week in the Toronto Star discussed the disturbing findings of a survey showing that principals don’t have time to dedicate to improving education. It appears that too much time is eaten up by the day-to-day management of buildings and other administrative tasks. According to the Star, Annie Kidder of the group People for Education said “One would hope that principals would say the task on which they spend the most time would be leading the instructional program, and it is not that.”
Date: October 3, 2018
1) Think back to your days of public school. Was the school principal involved on the education side?
2) Why do you think principals are reporting these results? What are the causes?
3) Part of the training as accountants is in the area of performance measurement. Using the information in Wiley’s Managerial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision-Making, chapter 12, think about how you might develop a balanced scorecard for a public school, one that could help deal with the problems discussed in the article.