“I should have been bolder:” Take 2

Almost three years ago to the day, former New York City Chancellor of Education Joel Klein said of his tenure, “We should have been bolder.” This past weekend, in anticipation of today’s election for a new mayor of Boston (the first new mayor in two decades), former Boston Public Schools Superintendent Michael Contompasis, currently a senior field consultant with Mass Insight Education, penned an Op-Ed to the Boston Globe.  The op-ed, echoing Mr. Klein’s words, challenges the incoming mayor to reimagine, rather than patch, Boston’s public schools system.

In light of the upcoming turnover for both city mayor and schools superintendent, Mike explains that we are faced with a “window of opportunity to find a leader who understands that the way to fix what’s broken is not to apply a Band-Aid to a system that’s not working for all students. It is to reimagine the system itself.”

So to Boston, New York, New Jersey, and all the other states and cities facing major elections today: let’s take Mike up on his challenge, and reimagine the system.

About Alison Segal
Program Manager at Mass Insight Education www.massinsight.org

2 Responses to “I should have been bolder:” Take 2

  1. Mr. Contompasis is smart to suggest moving decisions as close to specific teachers and students as possible. Creating an urban schooling experience with a leadership structure closer to suburban neighborhood districts could be a big help for a number of reasons, most notably the building of consistent relationships, both within the school and across all community and stakeholder groups. With a flexible and varied group of “neighborhood” schools clustered together, it would be easiest for families and the district to partner in shaping the k12 pathway for each child, regardless of his/her specific needs.

  2. Alison Segal says:


    You are absolutely correct. A high school-based feeder pattern of schools in the same vicinity, with some autonomy from the traditional district structure, could be beneficial to the urban or low-income student’s academic experience.

    Thanks for reading!

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