The first initiative of the George W. Bush Institute will focus on improving the performance of school principals, reports the Associated Press. "We know the teachers have a direct and enormous impact on student performance—and school principals shape the environment in which teachers are able to operate successfully," former first lady Laura Bush told a group assembled at a Dallas high school for the announcement. The institute's Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, or AREL, will consist of school districts, universities, and foundations offering educational programs to current and future school leaders, Bush said. "A well-trained, energetic teacher can be stifled...

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