NEWARK, N.J. — In an ambitious plan to boost the performance of Newark’s struggling schools, schools superintendent Cami Anderson hired a host of new principals, many of them young, to run nearly a quarter of the city’s schools.
Some believe Anderson’s dramatic approach is unfounded and likely to fail. While others believe the plan is exactly what is needed to revitalize a school systems crippled by low achievement and high dropout rates.
“I believe a strong principal is the key to almost everything,” Ms. Anderson said in an interview. “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.”