BPS Superintendent Search Narrowing

February 26, 2015
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It has come down to four candidates in the Boston Public Schools superintendent search for a job that many in the City and School Department have found – after an exhaustive 12-month process – to be one of the foremost urban school opportunities in the country.

Those four candidates include Dr. Dana Bedden, supt. of Richmond (VA) Schools; Dr. Tommy Chang, the local instructional supt. at the Los Angeles Unified School District; Guadalupe Guerrero, deputy supt. of instruction, innovation, and social justice for San Francisco Unified School District; and , superintendent-in-residence for the Nevada Department of Education.

Only Guerrero has prior experience in Boston, having been a teacher and principal here before going to San Francisco. All the rest, those involved said, have flocked to the position based on the fact that it is known nationwide as the next big educational frontier.

The School Committee will hold a Special Meeting to vote next Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. to chose the new person for the job, more specifically to begin contract negotiations with that preferred candidate.

As the four superintendent candidates have descended upon Boston this week – each with a day’s worth of whirlwind interviews – the paper sat down Monday morning with Rahn Dorsey, Boston’s somewhat-new chief of education for Mayor Martin Walsh.