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Former Boston school leader to receive payment in secret deal

Tommy Chang was superintendent of Boston Public Schools. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/file

Former Boston superintendent Tommy Chang will receive about $300,000, up to a year of health insurance, and a positive letter of recommendation, under a settlement agreement that was approved by the School Committee in secret Monday night in an apparent violation of state’s open meeting law.

The payout is based on providing Chang a year’s worth of his salary, which was $267,383. It also includes about $30,000 for 27 unused vacation days and three personal days, according to calculations made by the Globe.

Under the five-year employment contract Chang signed when he first began the job in 2015, he was entitled to receive a full year of pay if the School Committee terminated him without cause. Chang and Mayor Martin J. Walsh mutually decided to part ways last month after a series of public controversies, including a parent uproar last December over a failed proposal to change school start times.

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