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Silva praised Johnson's skill in managing people and personalities, another lesson Johnson learned on job. When she took over as chief academic officer in Minneapolis, Johnson upset parents and staff by shuffling principals in short order.
In the past year, Johnson has taken a different tack: stabilize staffing, except in the district's highest need schools, where shakeups are required by the state.
"If you disrupt too much ... you lose people," she said. But "things can't continue to be the same in Minneapolis."
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