Boston's First-Ever Education Chief Leaves His Position

Date Published: 
November 25, 2018
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WBUR Newsroom
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Boston's first education chief left his position on Wednesday.

Rahn Dorsey, who has served in the position since 2014 when Mayor Martin Walsh first tapped him for the role, is stepping down due to personal reasons "and in anticipation of the need to address family matters in 2019," Walsh's office said in a statement.

"It has been an honor to serve the Walsh Administration and, more importantly, Boston's young people, educators and families," Dorsey said in the statement. "I look forward to supporting efforts to guarantee all of Boston's children and youth the futures they deserve in both professional and volunteer capacities moving forward."

Dorsey was paid $139,050 in 2017, according to city payroll records.

The decision comes as the city also searches for a new superintendent for Boston Public Schools — a role currently filled by interim superintendent Laura Perille.

As education chief, Dorsey was charged with running the mayor's education cabinet and worked to "collaborate with young people, parents, educators, K-12 and higher education leaders and nonprofit and private sector innovators to develop strategies" to improve the education system in Boston, according to the city's website.