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School Leaders Matter A recent study published by Education Next highlights new data on the impact of effective school leaders. “Our results indicate that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year; ineffective principals lower achievement by the same amount.” The George W. Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL), which changes the paradigm by which principals are recruited, selected, prepared, certified, empowered, compensated, supported and evaluated, is mentioned in the article. Four More Years: What Now? Now that the election is over, what happens next for education? AEI scholar Rick Hess attempts to answer this question in his recent Ed Week blog. Tunisia, A Sad Year Later “On Oct. 23, 2011, I voted for the first time as a Tunisian citizen.” Souhir Stephenson’s Op-Ed in the New York Times reflects on Tunisia a year after elections and laments the unfulfilled promises of the revolution. “A year later, we have no democracy, no trust in elected officials, no improved constitution. Human rights and women’s rights are threatened. The economy is tanking.” Let's Get Real About The Economy The 4% Growth Project's Bernard Weinstein takes a real and in depth look at the state of our economy post-election. Weinstein says it is not a pretty picture and "the longer we delay major fiscal and regulatory reforms, the longer it will take to get the U.S. economy on a sound footing that can take us to the 4% target."