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Carol Johnson shouldn’t oversee probe of headmaster she championed

The public should take no comfort in the announcement that Boston schools Superintendent Carol Johnson is investigating the work record of former high school headmaster Rodney Peterson. Since the day she hired Peterson in 2009, Johnson has shown consistently bad judgment in all matters regarding the disgraced headmaster.

A Globe review of payroll records shows that Peterson missed more than 20 percent of the last school year at the O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Yet Johnson seemed none the wiser about his absenteeism. Even when confronted directly with Peterson’s misdeeds, Johnson ignored them. She failed, for example, to discipline Peterson after he was arrested last year for assaulting his wife. Inexplicably, she provided him with a character reference at his sentencing hearing.

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