Although California is in the midst of the worst financial recession in our lifetime, the prospect for future administrative positions in educational leadership remain bright. The need for qualified administrators is compounded by the fact that in California a large number of school administrators are eligible for retirement. Eighty percent of superintendents in the state are or will be eligible for retirement in the next five years.
In Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, the need for new administrators will be 46% over the next 5 years
In a WestEd report entitled "School-Site Administrators: A California County and Regional Perspective on Labor Market Trends," the need for school district administrators was explored. Based on 2007-08 workforce data on projected retirements and changes in school enrollment, there will be a need for new administrators in California counties of between 9 and 71 percent over the next five years. In Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, the need is 46 percent compared to the statewide average of 27 percent. These data are consistent with projections from the California Department of Education and other non-profit groups.
The need for visionary educational leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to promote powerful teaching and learning in California schools has never been greater, particularly in the east Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley where Cal Poly Pomona is located.