Despite a $200,000 effort to recruit 40 veteran principals from across the country, the New York City school system was able to hire just one administrator, who came from another New York state district. Robert E. Knowling Jr., head of the city's academy for training principals, says he did not want to place the 182 principals recruited through the campaign until most of the home-grown candidates were assigned first, a process that took longer than expected.

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