The effects of federal education programs on school principals

by Paul T. Hill, Joanne Wuchitech, Richard C. Williams

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This is a study of the effects of federal education programs on the job of school principals. It asks: (1) how have school principals' jobs changed in the past five years, (2) how much of the change is due to federal programs, and (3) to what degree could the changes be reversed, or their effect ameliorated, by federal policy. The study concludes principals' jobs have changed, due in part to the burdens imposed by federal programs and in part to new social needs and expectations for the schools. Federal policy can soften, but not reverse, the effects of those changes.

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