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Huffington Post: Al Franken: Education Reform ‘Most Important Thing I’m Working On’

While developing his positions on education policy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) turned to his roots: He consulted with teachers throughout Minnesota, and he chatted with his daughter.

“My daughter became a teacher right out of college,” through New York City’s Teaching Fellows Program, Franken said. “She had a really good principal. It made an enormous difference.”


While developing his positions on education policy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) turned to his roots: He consulted with teachers throughout Minnesota, and he chatted with his daughter.

“My daughter became a teacher right out of college,” through New York City’s Teaching Fellows Program, Franken said. “She had a really good principal. It made an enormous difference.”

That’s why he introduced the School Principal Recruitment and Training Act, a measure that would fund a federal program that offers school districts competitive grants for principal training.

The legislation came from “research on principals and research on what made a good school, and how … the ethos of the school was created by the principal,” Franken told The Huffington Post in an interview in his office.

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