Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says School Principals Must Act Like CEOs

Economic crisis poses a test of leadership for the nation's educators.

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As a former pro basketball player in Australia, Arne Duncan knows that teamwork is essential for success. As secretary of education, he's faced with the challenge of turning the nation's millions of teachers, principals, and administrators into a team of innovators all working toward the same goal: to transform the American public school system.

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Duncan says that one of the major ways to get this done is to make sure that principals have the same skills as CEOs. "We have to treat them as such, and we have to train them as such," he says in this new podcast, the second in a series of interviews with some of the nation's brightest leaders.

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