Yesterday I went to a meeting with one of the members of the visiting committee for my school’s reaccreditation. There was an exchange in front of our visitor that went something like this:
Colleague: There’s no money for professional development.
Me: There’s lots of money for professional development. We have Fund X, and Fund Y, and Fund Z, and there’s also Q set aside in the general budget for professional development.
Colleague: Well, I’ve applied to go to this conference for two years now, and I’ve been approved so late that I wasn’t able to go, because I couldn’t make arrangements for travel and for substitute coverage.
Me: A slow professional development approval process and a bad substitute-teacher assignment process are not the same thing as no money. They indicate a different kind of problem in school administration than bad financial leadership.
Visitor nods head, and makes a couple of notes on clipboard.