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Boston superintendent announces departure

June 23, 2018
Tommy Chang, who has held the job since 2015, says he will leave before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Tommy Chang, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, is resigning.

WBZ-TV reports that Chang will be leaving his post before the start of the new school year.

In a statement, Chang said, “I am in active negotiations with the Boston School Committee for a mutual parting of ways.”

Chang was hired in March 2015. He previously worked at the Los Angeles Unified School District as a local instructional superintendent, where he oversaw 135 schools and about 95,000 students. He also worked as a principal of a charter high school, and a biology teacher.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement on Chang’s departure:

“Over the past year, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the progress we have made to improve education in Boston and the significant work ahead to ensure that we successfully reach the ambitious goals we have set for our students and schools. After several conversations with Tommy Chang about the future of Boston Public Schools, we have mutually agreed that there needs to be a change in leadership.”

Walsh added:  “In order to successfully implement our education agenda, we need a long-term education leader with a proven record in management who can gain the confidence of the community on the strategic vision for the district and execute on the many initiatives that have been identified as priorities for our students and schools.”

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