Principals in California may receive leadership training |

Principals in California may receive leadership training

Assemblymen Darrell Steinberg, D- Sacramento, introduced Friday AB 75, a bill to provide $15 million to train 5,000 principals and vice principals per year in school leadership skills.

“The difference between a low-performing school and a high-achieving school with similar demographics is very often found in the leadership skills of its principal,” Steinberg said. “In this new era of high stakes testing, it is essential tat we focus our attention on improving leadership at the school level.”

The initiative provides for 80 hours of intensive principal training, with at least 80 hours of additional hours of continuing support and professional development throughout the school year.

Training will focus on improving management skills as well as on core academic standards and student assessment tools so principals can help students and teachers meet new standards.

California’s school site administrators would get training by 2003, with one-third receiving training in each of the next three years.

Steinberg’s office confirmed Monday that Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s administrators will be provided training if the bill passes. If AB 75 does pass, the law will be effective Jan. 1 and training across California will begin at that time.

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