bob ferris

bob ferris

Bob was principal of the new orleans free school..

ntro’d to Bob via this film (he comes up at the very end – 52 min):

and this post by Chris:

chris post on bob


The only significant concession the founders had to make was to give up their shared leadership style and appoint one of themselves principal. Initially they got away with making the change in name only; but they realized with great foresight that one of them had better jump through all the necessary hoops to become a credentialed administrator in case the district changed its tune one day and tried to take control of the school by putting its own person in charge.

This would become the preferred strategy used by school districts around the country to euthanize successful innovations that came to be perceived as a threat to the rest of the system.


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