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Basic Black; Conversation With Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson, A


CC Master A Conversation with Superindendent Carol Johnson Show #4003 Tape Date: 11/12/08 Broadcast Date: 11/13/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Conversation With Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson, A
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

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.

Before the Boston School Committee appointed Johnson to her new post in June 2007, she was the superintendent of Memphis City Schools — the largest district in Tennessee, with 119,000 students. There, she was credited with developing programs to address failing schools and students needing remedial education, which helped take more than 100 schools off the state's No Child Left Behind "high priority" list.

Johnson joins host Kim McLarin in a conversation about her goals for the Boston public school system and the challenges that she faces.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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