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February 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

By: Bernie Eshoo

IB schools -- should principals reapply too for their jobs to go 'wall to wall'?

(directly copied Lincoln Park HS Performance Evaluation)--"Effective Leadership ...Does the leadership focus on results and school improvement?" Rating ... "WEAK" Question - LP is becoming a wall to wall IB school, if some teachers have to reapply for their jobs, why isn't Principal Boraz mandated to reapply??? Clearly Mr. Boraz did not receive a acceptable rating.

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