Aspiring principals say training is real

(07/24/03) THE BRONX - About 90 aspiring principals are halfway through the city's new Leadership Academy training at the Tweed Courthouse and they say the experience is very realistic.

The soon-to-be principals are required to attend class four days a week and complete dozens of assignments. The rigorous program also requires each student to create a mock school system complete with test scores and budgets.

Some say the most important things about being a principal is communication. They hope by becoming principals they can help improve the education system.

After the summer training is over, the would-be principals will spend the 2003 school year doing residencies at city schools to get a firsthand look at principals in action. By the following school year they will be assigned to schools of their own.

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