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 who 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. He 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?”

Some of Johnson's supporters who ralled in JP on Saturday said Connolly's push smells of political opportunism.

"I know John Connolly, and he's a decent man," Horace Small, executive director of JP's told the Globe. "But this angry white man thing he's got going on to position himself for a run for mayor, it's not going to fly."

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.

Dmitry Smelansky July 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Something is rotten in Boston if Church leaders, who are supposed to be on the front line of war against domestic violence, are holding support rally for Superintendent Johnson, who actively tried to help a wife-beater, cover it up and even promoted him. Please read and consider signing an online petition calling for Dr. Johnson's resignation with the headline, "Superintendent Johnson has lost the public's trust and must resign or be fired immediately" https://www.change.org/petitions/superintendent-johnson-has-lost-the-public-s-trust-and-must-resign-or-be-fired-immediately.
William Dawes July 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Horace Small plays the Race Card! Excellent work, Horace!


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