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Top Principals Say No to More U.S. Aid

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Fifty principals whose public high schools have been cited for excellence agree that more federal money will not solve most educational problems, according to a recent survey by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public-policy group.

In addition, 47 of the 65 principals who responded to the survey said they supported the concept of merit pay for teachers, and 53 said they were in favor of amending teacher-certification requirements to give greater emphasis to academic courses in teachers' subject fields.

The respondents to the survey were among the 152 principals whose public schools received honors in the U.S. Education Department's secondary-school recognition program last fall.

The survey also found that 39 of the principals surveyed agreed that federal program regulations were excessive.--tm

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