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Florida lagging on principal prep



A new report out this morning suggests Florida isn't doing enough to produce and prepare top-notch principals. In recent years Florida has only made progress on three of six key indicators, according to the Southern Regional Education Board, which tracks education issues in Florida and 15 other states.

Florida, for example, has made little progress in providing principals with solid internship and mentoring opportunities, the report says. On the upside, the Sunshine State is credited with good progress in providing training and support for principals in low-performing schools. Its William Cecil Golden Program for School Leaders is also dubbed a regional pacesetter.

Not that this is a good excuse, but Florida isn't alone in getting a critical review from SREB. Only Alabama, Louisiana and Maryland have made "promising" progress and no state has made "substantial" progress, the report says. To see it in full, click here.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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