I had a lunchtime meeting with superintendent search firm partners Mike Moses and David Thompson. Moses is a former Dallas superintendent and Texas Education Commissioner and Thompson is lead attorney on one of five lawsuits filed by districts against the state education funding formula.
One of the most interesting issues they discussed is the huge turnover in Texas superintendents this year. They estimate that there have been about 200 vacancies among the 1,029 public school districts compared to a more average 100 a year. The reasons? They believe that Baby Boomers reaching retirement age is the biggie, but not far behind is the education finance mess.
"Occasionally you encounter someone who says, 'I don't want to stick around and dismantle everything I spent my career building," Thompson said.