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In Poll, Superintendents Express Worry Over Supply of Leaders

By Ann Bradley — June 04, 2008 1 min read

The nation is facing a shortage of candidates for district superintendencies, according to a survey scheduled for release this week by the American Association of School Administrators.

The Arlington, Va.-based organization says 85 percent of the 2,110 superintendents who responded to its survey last fall believe there is an inadequate supply of educational leaders to fill anticipated vacancies in the near future. Eighty percent reported that their districts have no programs to identify individuals who aspire to those positions.

Two initiatives that would help, the superintendents said, would be to encourage candidates to consider the jobs and to create mentoring and coaching programs and networks that would increase their effectiveness.

A version of this article appeared in the June 04, 2008 edition of Education Week