Why is a Good Principal Hard to Find? (And Keep?)

Jul 7, 2014

Recruiting and keeping good principals is a challenge for many U.S. school districts. A recent study from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says part of the problem is the job is high-pressure, grueling, and underpaid.

Some metro Atlanta schools have struggled to retain good leaders. The Atlanta Public Schools, for example, hired more than a dozen new principals for the upcoming school year.

WABE’s Martha Dalton sat down with Bob Farrace, of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, to talk about principal recruitment. The conversation starts with why it’s so hard to hang on to good leaders.

Bob Farrace is the director of communications for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Credit Bob Farrace