Boston schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson wants to create three city-run charter schools from scratch as part of a dramatic plan to overhaul the school district.
Johnson is unveiling the plan to the School Committee tonight along with additonal details of her attempt to turn around 14 schools with low test scores. The meeting is her first public push for the changes since the state gave superintendents broad new authority to remake underperforming schools and open new innovative programs.
In an interview before the meeting, Johnson did not rule out converting any of the proposed "turnaround" schools into charter schools, she said that at least initially it appeared that going that course may be unnecessary. That's because the new law allows superintendents to use approaches commonly found at charter schools, such as extended school days and forcing teachers to reapply for their jobs, Johnson said.
"In essence this is a good thing," Johnson said in an interview. "We get some tools to intervene in schools and we get the capacity to create new innovative schools.”
It was not immediately clear there the new schools would be located.
At tonight's meeting, Johnson is also expected to update the school committee on what changes she has in mind at the 14 turnaround schools. Earlier today, she said teachers at six schools would have to reapply for their jobs, new principals would be appointed to six or seven schools, and two schools would merge with two high-performing schools. She did not specify which schools would be affected.
A large turnout is expected for the meeting at English High School in Jamaica Plain, one of the 14 identified schools.
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