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Sep 29, 2010 8:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Bush Institute launches initiative focusing on principals

For its first initiative, the George W. Bush Institute will focus on school principals.

Former first lady Laura Bush is set to announce on Wednesday the institute's formation of the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, or AREL. The alliance aims to improve the performance of school principals. It will consist of a network of school districts, universities and foundations offering educational programs to current and future school leaders.

The Bush Institute has set a goal of certifying at least half of the nation's public school principals through the program by 2020.

The nonpartisan institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will include the presidential library and will be located on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas when construction is complete.

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