C-30 Procedure

C-30 – Pedagogical Personnel
At 39 pages, including its attached forms and the “do’s and don’ts of
interviewing,” this is one of the longer regulations. It governs the selection of
principals and assistant principals. The so-called “C-30 process” is supposed to
give parents and teachers input into who runs their schools.
Filling any empty position requires two pieces of information: who is available
and who is the best choice? The C-30 Regulation doesn’t help much with the
first part. The 5 most-senior candidates within the district must be considered,
plus others who are interested. (Crossing district lines is a separate process,
governed by labor contracts.)
Regulation C-30 requires not one, but two committees to review applications.
The Level 1 and Level 2 committees don’t get to pick who they interview, though.
The Level 1 committee must review the five most senior applicants, plus any
others, and report its findings to the Level 2 committee. That committee, which
consists of regional or central administrators, makes the final decision.
Membership in the Level 1 committee varies, depending on who’s being hired. It
usually has a principal or other administrator, two UFT members, one “school
support” person and between four and seven parents. The parents can be left
off, which is one reason why parents feel shut out of the hiring process.
Decisions by outsiders are rarely good decisions. A good example would be
forcing principals to accept assistant principals who they don’t want to work with.
For that reason, Chancellor Klein amended the Regulation so that principals
have the final say in hiring their assistant principals. That makes sense. The
principal’s union, however, objected to giving principals the right to make
decisions, and brought a grievance before the PERB.

It’s still pending, more
than two years later.
Is this a good way to do hiring at a school? It might be, if it were quick, or if it
avoided fights, or if the decisions were final. Unfortunately, it is none of those
things. Principals and assistant principals have contractual seniority rights, so
the whole C-30 procedure can sometimes be skipped or thrown out later.

The Chancellor’s Regulations For Parents

decisions aren’t final, either. Anyone can complain to the Chancellor about the
C-30 process, and the Chancellor must make an “appropriate investigation” and
issue a written decision within 20 days. Even after that, administrators and UFT
members have the right to file grievances that can undo the hiring decision,
perhaps months after it was made. 1