Boston, MA - As you may know, BPS district is in the process of finding and replacing the current interim superintendent Laura Perille after Tommy Chang’s sudden departure. Bianca Vázquez Toness writes about the incompetencies that Chang possessed and overall experience when he first took on the job. As a result, BPS is looking to fill the role with a candidate who is both well -versed about the challenges that the district faces and equipped to pick up from where Chang left off. During this search a number of activists have found discrepancies in the approach and Catherine Mcgloin further expounds on this issue in the The Bay State Banner. Some of these activist groups include Boston Network for Black Student Achievement and Citizens for Public Schools and the Boston Branch of the NAACP.
All of the organizations together insist on BPS district hiring process to be transparent, inclusive and strategic by specifically choosing someone who is an extremely competent leader in education.In fact, At-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George believes that the position should be given to a teacher. In addition, many of the activists believe that the school committee must clearly reject the hiring of the interim superintendent so that competitive candidates may feel comfortable applying. Hopefully, the position will be filled by or before the up coming school year so that the candidate will have time to prepare for all that the job entails.
Mayor Walsh, on the other hand, is not concerned about filling the position and plans to start recruiting in October. In order to be transparent in the process, the mayor has opted to creating a search committee for the superintendent role. Activists are determined to have a say concerning the individuals who will comprise of this committee and are looking to recieve a response from the school board concerning their request by next Wednesday.