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    Brenda Cassellius Named Boston Superintendent

    Boston Public Schools has chosen Dr. Brenda Cassellius as its new superintendent.

    (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019)

    The Boston Public School District has selected its new superintendent.

    In a 5-2 vote, the district says the Boston School Committee chose Dr. Brenda Cassellius to be its new leader.

    Cassellius is a former education commissioner in Minnesota. She enacted comprehensive reform to the education system there and "oversaw historically high grad rates with a focus on equity," Boston Public Schools said.

    "The Boston Teachers Union congratulates Dr. Brenda Cassellius on her selection as the new Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. We applaud her commitment to equity and appreciate her first-hand experience at all levels of education," Jessica Tang, the union's president, said in a statement. "We hope to resolve our long-standing need for a new contract that helps ensure the schools our students deserve. We are eager to work with Dr. Cassellius to reach an agreement that includes proper staffing for special education inclusion programs for students in every Boston Public School, to provide for a full-time nurse and licensed counselor in every school, and to address student homelessness through initiatives including Hub Community Schools."

    Boston School Committee to Select BPS Superintendent This Week

    [NECN] Boston School Committee to Select BPS Superintendent This Week

    The Boston School Committee is expected to vote this week on the next superintendent of the city's public schools. The field has been narrowed to three — two women and one man, all people of color. But groups representing families say they were excluded from this process. Michelle Novelle, Boston parent and founding member of SchoolFacts Boston, Keri Rodrigues, CEO of Massachusetts Parents United, and Tanisha Sullivan, President of Boston NAACP, join Sue to discuss.

    (Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019)

    Tommy Chang stepped down as Boston's superintendent last June following a string of controversies, including racial tension at Boston Latin School. He and the district had been sued by a civil rights group after school officials allegedly sent information about a student to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The student was ultimately deported.

    Laura Perille was appointed to be the district's interim superintendent.

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