Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has named the city’s first-ever “chief of education,” a new Cabinet-level position charged with coordinating school improvement efforts across public, charter, and private schools, as well as colleges and universities.
Turahn Dorsey, an evaluation director for the Boston-based Barr Foundation, will serve in the new post.
Mr. Walsh touted the position as a first of its kind in the nation, though other big-city mayors’ offices, such as in the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, and New York City, also have high-level advisers focused on education issues.
Mr. Dorsey will not have direct authority over any of the school systems, but will advise the mayor on ways to improve education.
A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2014 edition of Education Week as Boston Mayor Appoints First ‘Chief of Education’