Late last month, a state board recommended current Lawrence school superintendent Jeff Riley as the next education commissioner over two female finalists: Angelica Infante-Green, who currently works at the New York State Education Department and Penny Schwinn, of the Texas Education Agency. Riley, if ratified, would join an already all-male Massachusetts state education department, a point highlighted in a Boston Globe op-ed criticizing the state for its lack of gender and racial diversity.
The co-authors of that piece, Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, a former board member of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, now CEO of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, and Cathy Minehan, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, now a co-chair of the Boston’s Women’s Workforce Council, joined Jim Braude to discuss.