Boston’s Search for New School Superintendent Deemed Problematic for Lack of Black and Latino Finalists
“this time around the two finalists are white and AsianAmerican”
This really is like religion for the left. Any deviance from it is talked about as if it’s sinful.
The Boston Globe reports:
Boston superintendent search marred by lack of Black and Latino finalists
Discontent is swirling around the Boston Public Schools superintendent search over the lack of Black and Latino finalists, sparking questions about the legitimacy of the process and calls to restart the search.
A hallmark of past superintendent searches has been the racial diversity of those who make it to the final round. Of the seven finalists named in the 2015 and 2019 searches combined, Black and Latino candidates represented six spots while an Asian-American held the other, according to a Globe review.
Black and Latino candidates also made up the majority of finalists in 2006. The job initially went to Manuel J. Rivera before he backed out; a subsequent search in 2007 resulted in Carol R. Johnson, who is Black, as the only public contender for the job.
Yet this time around the two finalists are white and AsianAmerican. Two other would-be finalists, a Black woman and a Latina, withdrew before the list was finalized and made public, generating confusion and disappointment.
“Why weren’t they able to replace them with other Black or Latino candidates?” said Bobby Jenkins, head of the Madison Park alumni association, who wondered whether the panel overseeing the fast-paced search didn’t have a deep enough bench.
The debate is unfolding as public interviews for the superintendent’s job began Thursday with Somerville Superintendent and former BPS administrator Mary Skipper. The second finalist, Tommy Welch, an assistant superintendent in Boston and a BPS parent, will interview Friday. The School Committee is expected to select a new leader next Wednesday.
The turn of events has some education advocates questioning Mayor Michelle Wu’s commitment to racial diversity in the superintendent search process for a district where about three-quarters of the 49,000 students are Black or Latino.
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