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Education Leadership Roundtable Summary Report 2020

Research has consistently shown that after teachers, principals have the most significant impact on student achievement when it comes to in-school factors. The principal’s role as a school’s instructional leader and the individual most responsible for fostering a positive climate is getting more attention from lawmakers and policymakers.

On May 14, 2020, Florida TaxWatch held a virtual roundtable discussion composed of nine current winners of TaxWatch’s prestigious Principal Leadership Award to discuss ways to improve the overall quality of pre-K–12 education by improving the leadership qualities of our principals. 

Moderated by our Vice President for Research Bob Nave, the panel discussed obstacles to effective school leadership; ways to attract and retain high-quality teachers; professional development for principals; how to get the most from teachers; and principal autonomy.

TaxWatch is pleased to present this summary report and its recommendations, and we look forward to a continued discussion with Florida lawmakers and policymakers in advance of the 2021 legislative session.

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