Tunney on principal hiring

Q What do you suggest for helping local school councils pick principals?

A Well, I’m very pleased that we finally do have a training module, one that I think, if it is approached properly, will at least give council members some kind of insights and direction. [Training is being organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago in cooperation with school reform groups and School Board.] We really need to work with principals, too. We are not saying that principals are above it. We’ll continue to work with principals and aspiring principals to see that they are able to create a vision. That they know how to plan a program. That they can utilize a budget. And make wise decisions and suggestions.