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Superintendent Carol Johnson excels in a thankless job

THERE ARE few jobs as demanding and stressful as that of superintendent of Boston Public Schools. It is a thankless job in which nearly every decision, no matter how necessary, is met with hostility by some and disappointment by others. It is a position that is difficult to fill and even more difficult to fill with strong, competent leadership.

In Carol Johnson, Boston has found that strong, competent leader. Her credentials are impeccable. Her track record is exceptional.

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Currently, there are calls for Johnson’s resignation, but not because she has implemented programs that are ineffective or that harm students (“School chief hit with new criticism,” Page A1, July 11). Instead, some are calling for her resignation because she did not properly discipline an employee. The Black Ministerial Alliance does not condone this action, nor does it condone the action of the employee. However, Johnson has admitted her mistake and is taking measures to prevent its recurrence.

There are many more difficult decisions that will need to be made and implemented . Removing the only person willing to make those hard decisions, because of a bad employment call, simply doesn’t make sense.

Rev. David Wright

Executive director,
Black Ministerial Alliance
of Greater Boston


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