Editorial: A history test for Melinda Boone

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The Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools appointed Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Melinda J. Boone its new superintendent. Pending a release from her current contract, Boone will start her new job as soon as Dec. 1.

Thursday’s announcement effectively puts an end to her six-year run as the head of the city’s schools.

How will Boone’s tenure be remembered? Will she forever be known as a data-driven academician and taskmaster who drove student achievement, as her most ardent supporters claim? Or will she be remembered for being a reckless and aloof bureaucrat whose policies endangered students, as her most vocal critics contend?


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