The recent flap over former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's revelations that he lied to reporters and felt misled by the administration should serve as a cautionary tale for school leaders who might be tempted to try to soft-peddle bad news into something less damaging.

McClellan's ethical lapses, first by continuing to spout the party line while doubting its veracity, and then by bashing a former employer in a tell-all book despite having been privileged to confidential discussion and information, might seem extreme.

But the reality is that most top officials--whether they're running a country, a corporation, or a school district--struggle


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