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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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...

Minneapolis' worst teachers are in the poorest schools, data show

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 2 2014 - 11:43 AM

New teacher evaluation data show that Minneapolis schools with the largest number of low-income students have the highest concentration of poor-performing instructors.Students in the most affluent...

MPLS superintendent speaks out about CSI

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 14 2014 - 7:00 PM

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson spoke publicly for the first time about the district's decision to award Community Standards Initiative with a $375,000 contract.The contract was awarded to the...

Minneapolis schools cut ties with achievement gap group

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 10 2014 - 7:43 AM

Minneapolis school officials are terminating a $375,000 contract with the Community Standards Initiative, an embattled north Minneapolis advocacy group that could not fulfill its promise to help...

Minneapolis schools ban suspensions of youngest students

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 5 2014 - 10:01 AM

Minneapolis public schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has banned the suspension of the district’s youngest learners, a unilateral move aimed at keeping children in class and forcing...

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