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Over the past several years, tension has risen at school board meetings where superintendents were fired. Contributing to this tension are politically divisive issues that many school superintendents have had to navigate.

But while superintendents are feeling the heat, policymakers are unable to accurately determine the impact of pressure on superintendent well-being, performance, and willingness to stay on the job.

Rachel White, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, conducted a comprehensive national analysis of superintendent turnover in more than 12,500 public school districts since 2019 and provides her research findings in an article on The Conversation.

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