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2009 School Leadership Laws

The National Conference of State Legislatures offers its annual snapshot of new state laws to improve school leadership.
June 2010
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  • Author(s)
  • Sara Shelton
  • Publisher(s)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
Page Count 23 pages


Twenty-three state legislatures passed 43 laws intended to boost the performance of school principals and superintendents during 2009, according to this annual look. The laws cover matters ranging from principal training programs to bonuses for master principals. Many states were spurred to action by the federal government’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition for improving education.

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