Superintendents Leaving Profession After Difficult School Year

June 23, 2021 • Emma Dooley

Superintendents Leaving Profession After Difficult School Year

An unusually large number of superintendents are leaving education due to the high anxiety and stress endured amidst the challenges of navigating the yearlong pandemic. 

An article from the Washington Post discusses information shared by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) about the recent wave of superintendents leaving their post from top spots in large cities including, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago and many midsize and smaller districts.

Two main reasons include fatigue and conflicts with school board members. If eligible, many are retiring.

Austin Beutner, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, states that it was “open season” on superintendents due to the constant criticism from the community around him, resulting in an immense amount of exhaustion.

This year members of AASA have asked the organization for a program that helps superintendents to process and handle the stress that has surfaced while leading through the pandemic. Curtis Jones Jr., Superintendent of Georgia’s Bibb County, found meeting with superintendents around the state to discuss their own situations during the chaos as a helpful coping method.   

For more information on the topic, check out the article.

Emma Dooley is a communication specialist intern at TASB HR Services. Send Emma an email at

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Tagged: Employment, Retention