The Ethical Choice

By Craig Colgan

The news recently has been filled with reports of ethical lapses by people from all walks of public life -- from journalist Jayson Blair to Enron's Kenneth Lay, from baseball legend Pete Rose to the ubiquitous Martha Stewart.

Not as sexy, or necessarily even on the same scale, are the errors in judgment made by public school administrators. But in a time of increased public scrutiny, many who have authority for the day-to-day operation of school districts and school buildings -- superintendents, business officials, administrators, and principals -- are being accused of ethical lapses or worse. The result is often the loss of public trust -- and angry calls for change. 

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