Bernadeia Johnson

Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. She oversees academic achievement for all students and the school district’s business functions. She has headed district academics since 2006, when she was hired back from Memphis schools to be chief academic officer and later became deputy superintendent.

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Selma, Ala.




Married, two children


Alabama A&M University, B.S.; University of St. Thomas, M.A.; University of Minnesota, Doctorate




Honored in 2012 with both the Minnesota School Public Relations Association District Leadership for Excellence in Communications Award and the University of St. Thomas Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.

Mailing Address:

1250 W. Broadway Av., Minneapolis, MN 55411




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Bernadeia Johnson out as Minneapolis schools superintendent

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 17 2014 - 10:58 AM

Embattled Minneapolis public schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson abruptly resigned Tuesday, throwing into jeopardy several new high-profile initiatives in the state’s most-scrutinized...

Language requirement doesn't make the cut for Minneapolis schools

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 7 2014 - 7:33 AM

When it came time to retool the graduation requirements for students attending Minneapolis public schools, board members instructed administrators to craft standards that closely adhere to the...

MPS superintendent responds to criticism of new suspension review

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 26 2014 - 11:34 AM

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said critics of her new suspension review policy are wrong when they say she is disciriminating against white students.In a letter published in the Washington Post,...

Federal civil rights official questions Minneapolis suspension policy

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 25 2014 - 4:53 AM

A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is questioning the legality of a new discipline policy aimed at reducing suspensions for students of color in Minneapolis public schools.The policy is...

Minneapolis schools to make suspending children of color more difficult

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 9 2014 - 10:23 PM

Minneapolis public school officials are making dramatic changes to their discipline practices by requiring the superintendent’s office to review all suspensions of students of color.The change...

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