Secretary Duncan Talks to Principals

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Speaking before a crowded room of principals today at the National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals leadership conference in Washington, D.C., Secretary Duncan commended principals for their tremendous work during challenging times. He praised them for being extraordinary “CEOs” and for doing more with less. He also challenged them to join his fight in turning around schools by rewarding teachers who are doing a great job, strategically placing the best teachers in schools where the needs are the greatest, and leaving the comfort of their high performing schools and taking on persistently under-performing schools. Duncan urged principals to think about turning around the lowest performing schools with their time, talent, expertise and the best team of teachers in order to make a difference in communities that are desperately underserved. Miracles happen every day, he told them. “There are no good schools without good principals.”

ED Staff