Statement of Paul Grogan on the resignation of Boston Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson

April 24, 2013

Boston – The Boston Foundation issued the following statement from Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, on the decision of Boston Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to resign her position effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

“The people of the city of Boston owe a great debt of gratitude to Carol Johnson. Arriving at a district already considered among the best urban school systems in the nation, she brought a vision that recognized the need to improve the performance of all students, and has acted upon it across the educational pipeline, from early education to high school and beyond.

“She leaves a district that unquestionably is an urban leader in ensuring that students graduate ready to succeed in their post-secondary careers. In innovative efforts like the Boston Opportunity Agenda and Success Boston, she and Mayor Menino have shown an unwavering willingness to work with partners across the city to improve the education of all students. 

“Superintendent Johnson understands that making incremental improvements while trying to keep 100-year-old structures in place is a school improvement recipe that is doomed to failure. By utilizing the tools at her disposal, including the flexibility created for school-level change by the 2010 Achievement Gap Act, she was able to give more school leaders the opportunity to directly address the obstacles to student performance. Today, more than 40 Boston Public Schools enjoy levels of autonomy that are necessary precursors to real reform, because of her leadership.

“With her bold vision, her unprecedented commitment to embrace reform and partnerships, and her tenacious persistence and indefatigable spirit, Superintendent Johnson has moved this district forward and positioned it for continued success.”


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