Education: Forging the Future: A Guy Who Loves Going to the Principal's Office

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When Jonathan Schnur was in grade school, he never lobbed spitballs or did the things that land kids in the principal's office. In fact, as a third-grader in suburban Milwaukee, Wis., he was mentoring kindergartners. Today Schnur, 38, remains dedicated to education. In 2000, Schnur and four colleagues founded New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS), now the largest organization in the U.S. for recruiting and training urban principals. The group seeks candidates from all walks of life, from executives to military officers. "The most important thing we look for," says Schnur, "is an unyielding belief that any child from any background...

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