DPS principals to be judged on performance

DETROIT — More than one-third of the buildings in Detroit Public Schools will have new principals in the fall, according to a report at mlive.com.

Only five of 52 new positions remain unfilled after 39 principals retired and 16 were reassigned, mlive.com reported. Another 90 principals will stay in their same jobs.

"We have assembled a solid leadership team," DPS Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement, according to mlive.com. "We're confident they will excel at leading our schools through the demanding times ahead, as we implement a more challenging curriculum and offer more programs than ever."

Every DPS principal will now work under contracts that are performance-based and look at student enrollment, attendance and achievement.

mlive.com, "Detroit Public Schools says 52 schools will get new principals," July 6, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Bring Parental Choice to Detroit Public Schools," Dec. 17, 2009