Leadership and Resource Allocation in Schools: Applying Micropolitical Perspectives

  • Chad R. Lochmiller
  • Colleen R. Pawlicki


Resource allocation represents a compelling leadership quandary for school principals across the United States. Reduced school funding necessitates actively rethinking existing resource allocation decisions within schools. This rethinking often produces micropolitical challenges with school staff. Drawing upon qualitative data, this chapter invites readers to consider the micropolitical challenges found in three common resource allocation quandaries that principals often address in their leadership. These quandaries include the reassignment of classroom teachers to better support student learning, the reallocation of school-based resources to support new school improvement priorities, and the challenges associated with preparing staff for an impending reduction in school resources. The chapter concludes by providing reflective questions aimed at supporting the reader’s professional growth and furthering the development of their leadership platform.


School principals Resource allocation Micropolitics Learning improvement 


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  • Chad R. Lochmiller
    • 1
  • Colleen R. Pawlicki
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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