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Ethical Educator” is one of my favorite columns in your magazine. As a superintendent for 13 years, I certainly have experienced numerous ethical dilemmas.

I was so fascinated by these dilemmas that I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the subject. The study, “School District Superintendents’ Response to Ethical Dilemmas: A Grounded Theory,” was designed to show how my colleagues respond to ethical dilemmas experienced in the course of their professional work. I interviewed superintendents around our state, conducted focus groups and analyzed archival data to develop a theoretical model for decision making.

The common thread among the personal narratives was that the impact of complex ethical dilemmas is organizational learning, which was viewed as a positive outcome.

Ware Shoals School District 51,
Ware Shoals, S.C.


Resegregation Stories
I very much liked your magazine’s issue about standing against resegregration in public education (December 2013). The articles were excellent, thoughtful, informative and brave.

I worked for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education for many years and more recently served as executive director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Faculty member,
Evergreen State College,
Olympia, Wash.


Shelley Berman’s observation on resegregation in the December 2013 issue couldn’t be more right about leadership than what he says in his closing paragraph: “Leadership doesn’t mean doing what’s easy or what’s popular. It means doing what is right for children and for the future of our nation over the long term.”

New London Public Schools,
New London, Conn.


Your December 2013 issue is so on point and full of good content that our organization has sent out an e-alert to our membership list.

Executive Director,
Poverty & Race Research Action Council,
Washington, D.C.


You put together a terrific package on resegregation of public schools in your December 2013 issue. It was thorough and thoughtful.

School board President,
Edison Township Public Schools,
Edison, N.J.


The December 2013 issue is very impressive on a most challenging topic.

I was drawn to the articles by Del Burns and Richard Rothstein. Burns’ analytical and philosophical understanding of the push and pull of different values behind policy conflicts was compelling. Rothstein’s argument — that it is a myth that segregation outside the South is de facto and not de jure — is quite sobering.

Executive Director,
National Superintendents Roundtable,
Seattle, Wash.


Board-Savvy Practices
I found Ryan Donlan’s Board-Savvy Superintendent column (“When Board Meetings Go South,” November 2013) interesting and confirming. It’s always useful to reflect on and sharpen our communication skills.

I especially appreciated the author’s point about the necessity of reflecting one’s community. I agree that it’s my job to speak to my community in a voice and manner that helps make us comfortable in our interactions.

I also want you to know there are school administrators reading your magazine and pausing to rethink their practices.

Coordinator for Special Projects,
Danville Community School Corporation,
Danville, Ind.


Letters should be addressed to:
School Administrator,
1615 Duke St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543



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