Former Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has been offered a new job: superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

The district’s school board voted 5-2 this week to pick Cassellius over two other finalists, a principal in the Boston school district and the chief academic officer of the Miami-Dade school district in Florida. The news came as Cassellius was in the final stages of interviewing for another position, as superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education. Cassellius said Thursday that she has withdrawn her name from consideration in Michigan and intends to accept the job in Boston.

She said she was attracted to the job because of the challenges that come with it; the district has significant populations of students with specific needs, including many who are

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