The Race for City Hall

Mike Ross vows to shake up School Department bureaucracy if elected mayor

City Councilor Mike Ross vowed to reform the public schools central office and instruct the superintendent and School Committee to rid the education system of bureaucracy.

In an early afternoon press conference, Ross said that the recent bickering by many of the campaigns about outside funding from education reform groups is a distraction from the real issue—improving Boston’s schools.

“There’s been a lot of talk this past week about the politics of education,” Ross said on the steps in front of the school system’s central office on Court Street. “But fighting over pledges or PACs doesn’t tell you anything about what my opponents will do to make our schools better and to improve our children’s education.”

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Ross vowed to appoint a superintendent who would “clean house” at the district’s central office and would decentralize the school system to allow more decisions to be made at the school-specific level.

The press conference came just days after Ross released his comprehensive education plan.

Education has remained a major issue in the race, and Ross’ calls for ridding the department of bureaucracy were similar to those that have been trumpeted by fellow City Councilor John Connolly since the campaign’s early days.

While Connolly has often called the current School Committee a “rubber stamp,” other candidates, including former school board member John Barros, have insisted that under the right leadership the current board could be effective.

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