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Beyond The Pipeline

Getting the Principals We Need, Where They Are Needed Most

A Wallace policy brief challenges the idea of a principal shortage and recommends how districts can attract the leaders they need.
June 2003
A white male teacher sitting at a round table with 2 young mixed race and gender students, in a library
  • Author(s)
  • Lee Mitgang
  • Publisher(s)
  • The Wallace Foundation
Page Count 12 pages


Some districts struggle to attract good principal applicants, but that does not mean there is a shortage. Instead, many credentialed principals are avoiding districts with the biggest needs or not looking for leadership jobs at all. This Wallace Foundation policy brief argues that a more balanced set of policies could help districts find effective school leaders.

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