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By Ashley Idrees

NCSL gathered education committee chairs from around the country in San Antonio to discuss a variety of pressing education topics, including the intricacies of school principals, their effects on teachers and students, and how to implement pipelines in their states.

Jevelyn Bonner-Reed, director of grant innovation for Charlotte Mecklenburg schoolsJevelyn Bonner-Reed, director of grant innovation for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, described the implementation and success of The Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative.

During a question-and-answer period, legislators were able to dive deeply into what their states have done when it comes to Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, legislation regarding school principals and the differences between implementing the principal pipeline in urban school districts compared to rural school districts.

Legislators engaged in round-table discussions about the effect of strong school leaders and their positive impact on student growth by reviewing The Wallace Foundation's newest research, Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools.

With research and questions answered, legislators are now tasked with moving forward and aiding in the success of school principals and students across America.

Ashley Idrees is a policy specialist in NCSL's Education Program.

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