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Document Number: 3400

Increasingly, the Principal is a Newcomer - Two out of every three principals in the New York public schools had less than five years of experience on the job in 2001. This article examines the consequences of what Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy calls the largest number of inexperienced leaders in New York’s history. State officials worry that as new principals learn the ropes, standardized test scores and parental involvement may drop. The article states that the shortage of experienced principals is driven in part by the retirement of the generation of principals born in or just before the baby boom, a group that has been in the spine of the nation’s school systems. (Lynette Holloway, The New York Times, October 2, 2001)...

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