A Conversation with Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson
As the economy puts a squeeze on education budgets, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Carol Johnson, faces the challenge of saving money while improving academic opportunities for nearly 57,000 students.
"In order to maintain our commitment to closing the achievement gap and ensuring the success of all students, we are going to have to make some tough choices. We have to identify major reductions, and we are committed to doing so with the least possible impact on classroom teaching and learning," said Johnson in a press release, recounting her meeting with the Boston School Committee in February 2008. She spoke of a $32 million shortfall for the $782.9 million budget for fiscal year 2008, resulting from inflation and declining government help.
Johnson talks about her goals for the Boston public school system and the challenges that she faces.