Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) introduced legislation to help schools create programs to find the best and brightest to be principals of their schools.
The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act would provide competitive grants for the recruitment and training of high-caliber aspiring principals. Current principals could receive training to lead high-need schools.
"This bill would put the nation on the right track toward creating a new generation of inspirational school leaders," said Davis, a senior member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. "Research shows that school leadership is second only to teacher quality among school-related factors in its impact on student learning. In fact, a strong school principal is often the main reason behind a successful, well-functioning school that attracts and keeps quality instructors. In high-need schools, quality school leadership is especially crucial."
The bill would create one-year residencies to train aspiring principals and would provide ongoing mentoring and support for at least two years upon completion of the residencies.