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Ethics in the Appointment of State School Principals in Israel

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State school principals are formally appointed by the Director-General of the Ministry of Education. The Director-General is obliged to consult with tendering committees operating in accordance with accepted practice, but not with any law. Moreover, the custom whereby representatives of the local authorities take part in tendering committee sessions is accepted practice, but is not obligatory by law. School principals are required to be knowledgeable and capable in the fields of pedagogy, education and society, pedagogic and economic administration—as well as that of team work development. Leadership theories discuss the suitability of candidates to the specific administrative climate of each educational institution, in accordance with the specific situation in which it functions. Court decisions indicate the existence of ethical problems in the appointment of school principals on the basis of political or familial connections.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Bar-Ilan University

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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