On Thursday, just hours after 12 Boston schools were labeled "underperforming" by the state's Department of Education, the city announced that five principals have been fired and more than 100 teachers and staff members will have to reapply for their jobs.
At the time, Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson said the troubled schools need significant work, and so they need committed staff. Elaborating to WBUR on Friday, Johnson said the city is looking for more experienced, "transformational" leaders with proven track records.
"We're asking for a different kind of work in these schools," Johnson said.
This program aired on March 5, 2010.