‘Highly Qualified’ Principals?

December 10, 2007 1 min read

Since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed in 2001, districts across the country have been scrambling to ensure that their schools are stocked with “highly qualified teachers.” With the law up for renewal, some educators now are pressing lawmakers to pass similar requirements for school leaders.

As M. Christine DeVita writes in a recent Education Week Commentary, “we often fail to recognize that it is the principal alone who can ensure that the teaching and learning in every classroom are as good as they can be.”

What do you think? Should the reauthorized NCLB Act include a provision on school leadership? If so, what are the best ways to find, train, and support successful school leaders?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.