Wilbanks, superintendent of Gwinnett
County. “Lack of leadership can anchor
it solidly in mediocrity, or worse. After
more than 40 years in education, I am
certain that this principle also holds true
for schools an d school systems.” ;L
Authors’ note: This article reflects more
than a decade of support by the Wallace
Foundation for research on school leadership
as well as on-the-ground efforts to improve
school leadership in 28 U.S. states.
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Pamela Mendels (pmendels@wallace
foundation.org) is senior editor and Lee
D. Mitgang is director of editorial services at the Wallace Foundation.
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