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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Urban League Academy wins one-year reprieve

BLOG POST Updated: Apr 8 2014 - 9:32 PM

The worst-performing alternative school under contract to Minneapolis schools for completing the education of students who have failed elsewhere will get only one year to show it can improve despite...

More interviews likely for Washburn, South top jobs

BLOG POST Updated: Apr 4 2014 - 5:51 PM

Two Minneapolis high schools still will get new principals this spring, a district spokeswoman said this week, in a subtle shift from the goal of naming those two leaders for South and Washburn in...

Principal contract gives Johnson new recruiting tools

BLOG POST Updated: Apr 2 2014 - 6:05 PM

Minneapolis principals have approved a new two-year contract that gives Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson a substantially stronger hand in recruiting outside leaders for schools and attracting current...

Budget foulup puts SW schools through wringer

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 24 2014 - 9:01 PM

A budget foulup has snarled the annual process of divvying money for the next school year among Minneapolis schools, already a time fraught with difficult decisions over whether schools will have...

Voting begins Monday on Minneapolis teachers contract

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 17 2014 - 5:29 AM

The contract proposal in the hands of Minneapolis teachers would mean significant changes in how schools are run, from showing really bad teachers the door more quickly to creating a new subset of...

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