Former District Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson Dies
Report: Former Charleston schools leader fought lung cancer for the past year.
Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who led Charleston County schools from 2003 until 2007, died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer, according to a Post and Courier report.
Goodloe-Johnson tackled tough challenges from conservatives who questioned her direction for improvement in the public school system, often butting heads with combative school board members like Arthur Ravenel.
She left Charleston in 2007 for a job leading Seattle public schools, where she found a different set of challenges from teachers unions and activists challenging school closings and other reforms.
Post and Courier's Diette Courrege Casey notes Goodloe-Johnson had been working in Michigan as deputy chancellor for instructional support and educational accountability for the state’s new Education Achievement System.