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Do Principals Need Business School?

by Bill Hayes

In Getting Principals to Think Like Managers, Bloomberg Businessweek explores a program that sends school administrators to business school.

Kim Lowry, principal of South Elementary, a 500-student school in rural Kennett, Mo., was wary when her superintendent enrolled her in a part-time, two-year business school program. Her school had failed to meet benchmarks under the federal No Child Left Behind law and faced a state takeover. Business classes were the last thing she wanted to do with the money earmarked for improving her school. Says Lowry: “I was very resistant.”

That changed in the summer of 2009, when she attended her first classes at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. [more]