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Controversy surrounds the Boston School Committee's decision to fire Laval Wilson
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[Laval Wilson is let go by the Boston School Committee]
Original Airdate: 2/14/1990

Length: 00:02:51
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Jan von Mehren reports that Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) was let go by the Boston School Committee. Von Mehren notes that Wilson attended an event honoring the partnership between the Boston Public Schools and the John Hancock Insurance Company. Von Mehren's report includes footage of the event. Sandra Willet (John Hancock Company) praises Wilson for his support of business-school partnerships. Wilson speaks to the media at the event. Wilson says that reading and math scores improved dramatically while he was superintendent. Wilson accuses the School Committee of not working with the superintendent to achieve goals. School Committee members Rita Walsh-Tomasini and Abigail Browne are in attendance at the event. Browne and Wilson say that Wilson is not the right person to manage the Boston Public Schools. Von Mehren reports that some members of the School Committee believe that racism is behind Wilson's firing. Von Mehren's report includes footage of John O'Bryant saying that Wilson would have had a different experience if he were white. Von Mehren notes that O'Bryant has compared Wilson's firing to the firing of the superintendent in Selma, Alabama. Von Mehren's report features footage from a student demonstration in Selma, Alabama in 1990 and footage of Walsh-Tomasini saying that race had nothing to do with Wilson's situation.

Contributor : Reporter
Jan von Mehren
Format : Tape 7083   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 106297 
VHS cassette 106303 
Betacam cassette 106340 
digital betacam cassette 106339 

Subject : Keywords
School Boards
School superintendents

Subject : Personal Names
Browne, Abigail
O'Bryant, John
von Mehren, Jan
Walsh-Tomasini, Rita
Willet, Sandra
Wilson, Dr. Laval

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston School Committee
John Hancock Mutual Insurance Company

Type : Genre
News - Television

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