Boston Superintendent Recommends Closing Six Schools

Big changes may be ahead for under-performing Boston schools.

Superintendent Carol Johnson wants to close six schools with low test scores and graduation rates, including three in Hyde Park.

The plan also calls for merging two schools in Dorchester and creating two charter schools, but she says it's not a matter of real estate.

"We don't really see this as a real estate issue as much as trying to move toward high performance," Johnson says.

The Boston school committee could vote on the proposal next month.

Johnson says she wants to hear from the public on her plans to close six public schools.

"People in the community who are interested in these topics will have a chance to give their voice and opinions so that we can create the very best plan," she says.

"We're working very hard to ensure that the choices families have will be high quality."

Several public hearings are slated through the month.

This program aired on October 7, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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