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The success of Carol Johnson

Much has been written about the six-year tenure of Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. She has led the city’s schools through an era of remarkable improvement and has positioned the district well for her successor, which underscores why her departure is a loss for our schools, its students and families and our city in ways that not many know.

As her spokesperson for the majority of her tenure in Boston, I had the honor of seeing her in action in a way that few did. She led by example and committed herself to the well-being of this city’s children. There are the documented facts that support this conclusion, such as the graduation rates rising to record highs, the thousands more families choosing BPS now compared to just a few years ago, the flourishing arts programs in schools where painting, sculpting, and the sounds of instruments being tuned had long faded away.

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