Former Seattle school superintendent dies

SEATTLE — Former Seattle School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson died Wednesday in Detroit at the age of 55.

A friend and colleague who directs the Council of the Great City Schools, Michael Casserly, told The Seattle Times that she was recently hospitalized with cancer.

Goodloe-Johnson led the Seattle School District for nearly four years until she was fired in March 2011 in a financial scandal involving a small-business contracting program. She later took a job with a Detroit school district.

Goodloe-Johnson previously headed the Charleston County School District in South Carolina.

One of her accomplishments in Seattle was negotiating a teachers’ contract that included student performance in job evaluations.

The Seattle School District said she improved student academic achievement. The district extended condolences to her husband, Bruce, and daughter, Maya.

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