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LAWRENCE HARMON

Carol Johnson on shaky ground after missteps

These are down days for Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson and her top staffers at school headquarters on Court Street. Many of the superintendent’s initiatives are met with outright skepticism on the part of parents and the public. And she received an unimpressive grade — the equivalent of a C — on her latest job performance evaluation from the School Committee.

The operations function of the school department has grown progressively weaker during Johnson’s five-year watch. She understands urban education and knows what needs to be done to improve the schools. But she and her team stumble during the implementation stage.

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