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Trying to Stay Ahead of the Game

Superintendents and Principals Talk about School Leadership

This revealing national survey looks at the opportunities and difficulties school leaders face and ways their situations could be improved.
November 2001
A male black teacher standing in front of the classroom providing instruction to a group of middle school black boys
  • Author(s)
  • Steve Farkas, Jean Johnson, Ann Duffett, Tony Foleno, and Patrick Foley
  • Publisher(s)
  • Public Agenda
Page Count 53 pages


This Public Agenda survey provides a rare view of how principals and superintendents define the opportunities and hurdles in their work. It concludes that leaders are confident they can help students improve, but they want more autonomy.

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