Former Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is one of three finalists for Boston Public Schools superintendent. She also emerged as a finalist for the superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education.

Cassellius said she wants to be in a place where there’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of diverse populations and poor kids. Both Boston and Michigan offer those opportunities, she said.

“I grew up poor and in public housing and to a single mother,” Cassellius said. “I want to develop young [people] of color to ensure that they can aspire to these positions.”

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