What is an "instructional coach?" and why is PUSD funding instructional coaches rather than real teachers?
Original post made by Boondoggle, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Feb 14, 2013
It used to be that every time a buddy of a superintendent or administrator "retired," the "retired" person somehow magically ended up on the PUSD payroll as an "instructional coach" or as an independent contractor somehow affiliated with the PUSD Tri-Valley Teacher Induction Program Web Link without even the knowledge of the school board.
This is also where ex assistant superintendents wind up. Basically they show up in finance reports under Object 5880 or 5881 as Consultants in the General Fund.
Why doesn't PUSD hire people qualified for administrative positions? Why do they need "coaches?" Does PUSD just hire people based on who they know and not what they know?
Retired administrators end up as a "coach" for principals and assistant principals.
Retired teachers end up as a "coach" for teachers.
It would be nice if the Pleasanton Weekly would do some digging on this, and publish information on it. The Board is probably in the dark about this.