MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carol R. Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis public schools, said Thursday she has accepted an offer to lead the Memphis public school system in her home state of Tennessee.
Johnson, a Tennessean native, said at a news conference in Minneapolis that taking the Memphis job was the most difficult decision of her career.
"I take on the Memphis challenge because it's an opportunity to get back and serve in the place of my roots." she said. "There are no easy jobs in urban public education today - not in Minneapolis, not in Memphis. Nonetheless we must all continue to pursue every opportunity to make this a better place for our most precious resource - our children."
Another finalist, Johnny E. Brown, 55, superintendent of DeKalb County Schools in Decatur, Ga., withdrew from consideration Tuesday after interviewing for the job. He also is a finalist for a superintendent position in the Houston, Texas, area.