Bernadeia Johnson


Minneapolis Public Schools




Being in charge of the Minneapolis schools has never been easy. The job carries very high turnover and your primary constituent groups are often at odds with one another. One of the newer challenges that Johnson, who’s been superintendent since mid-2010, will have to handle adroitly is the how the district awarded $405,000 in no-bid contracts to a community organization that was supposed to boost black student achievement. Will she bring much-needed transparency to the way the district does business or end up another short-termer without meaningful impact?