Seventeen new principals were hired this year to lead a quarter of the schools in Newark, N.J., as part of a plan by new superintendent Cami Anderson to help boost achievement in the struggling district. "I believe a strong principal is the key to almost everything," Anderson said. "Where you have great performance, you have great principals, period, full stop. Where you have low performance, you have struggling principals. It's not that complicated." However, some educators and parents are skeptical of the new leaders, many of whom are under 40 and lack the experience of veteran administrators.
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