How important are principals to the day to day function of a Montgomery County public school?
These 5 principals were able to travel to China during the school year. While their travel may (no public records exist to detail the cost of this trip to taxpayers) have been paid for by a private entity, 5 public schools lost the services of these 5 administrators for almost 2 weeks.
Are full-time school administrators on travel during the school year a luxury that can be afforded in this economy?
For nine days in early December, Williams along with four other MCPS principals, toured Chinese elementary, middle and high schools as well as several cultural landmarks. She was accompanied by MCPS Principals Karen Gregory of Maryvale ES, Susan Shenk of Travilah ES, Darlene Simmons of RICA and Paulette Smith of Cabin John MS.
The purpose of the trip was to observe how Chinese schools are conducted and to build a partnership between the two school administrations. Yunnan Province administrators hope to establish an exchange program with Montgomery County Public Schools.
MCPS has yet to take a stance on the offer, according to Williams.
"They feel the need to do a better job teaching science and thinking," said Williams. "They want to have their kids educated in the U.S..."