Poll: Should Schools Superintendent Johnson Resign or Be Removed?

Superintendent Johnson admitted she was wrong for not disciplining a school headmaster who is on probation after allegedly assaulting his wife.


A City Councilor is calling for Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to be removed after she did not discipline a school headmaster after he was arrested for assaulting his wife.

Meanwhile, more than 200 Johnson supporters rallied at Jamaica Plain's on Saturday, according to the Globe.

Rodney Peterson was the headmaster at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science in Roxbury, was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with choking his wife last June, and has since left the Boston Public Schools system.

Johnson has apologized for her handling of the situation, telling Deborah Becker on WBUR's Morning Edition, “I made a mistake. I wish I had done things differently. In retrospect, I wish I had placed [Peterson] on leave immediately until it is resolved and then determined his continued employment."

Boston School Committee Member Mary Tamer, of West Roxbury, has called for a commmitte meeting to discuss how to move forward.

Johnson said the school department will announce a new policy to instruct all administrators, including her, and what to do with similar cases moving forward.

But Boston City Councilor At-Large John Connolly has called for Johnson's ouster. Connolly told WBUR

“I don’t think it’s OK to simply say, ‘I’m sorry and I’ve put a policy in place so this won’t happen again.’ This is the sort of thing that doesn’t require a policy. You know what the right thing to do here is, and you just, either you do it or you don’t. It wasn’t done here. Do we really need to be told by words on a piece of paper that it’s not OK to put a batterer back in charge of a school where he’s going to be responsible for overseeing hundreds of children every day?”

So what do you think? Should Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson be removed from her position? Should she resign? Should she stay in charge of the school district? Please take the poll and leave your comments below.

Steve Hurl July 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Ms. Johnson is tasked with running a school (her area of expertise), not meting out punishment for "alleged" domestic violence incidents. NO ONE wants to support / ignore / encourage domestic abuse, but if the infraction isn't yet proven, and if the infraction doesn't directly involve people WITHIN the work place (i.e.: the incident didn't take place between employees, or between employees and students) she shouldn't have to remove anyone ahead of a thorough fact-finding. Her job is harder than the US President's! She shouldn't have to spend a lot of time defending herself on this issue. She should be spending her time implementing reform plans so that the children in Boston's school system can get a better education.
Jack Litwinsky July 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
How can you say such a thing that here Job is harder then the US Presidents? Maybe we should realize that Corruption at Penn state or the Boston School system is still corruption. Sometimes in a leadership position it is right to step outside the box and do the right thing! Why should we protect the predatory and have so much disregard for the prey? Yes she should spend time implementing reform and not writing letters for guys like this to get another job until she finds out all the facts!
Stephen Smith July 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I think its absurd to defend Johnson's non action by saying that because the alleged act at that time was not between two School Department employees that Johnson was correct. This person was a headmaster of a school, a person of authority. I have seen people but on adminstrative leave for something not related to their job and that is what Johnson should have done in this case


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