The three finalists for Boston schools superintendent pitched themselves Wednesday as leaders who will push to expand opportunities for all city students, hours after officials formally revealed their names as the best candidates for the top job.
Two of the finalists — Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Oscar Santos, president of Cathedral High School — shared pieces of their personal journeys growing up as the children of immigrants and described how those experiences have driven their work. The third finalist, Brenda Cassellius, former state education commissioner in Minnesota, stressed collaboration.
The School Committee will likely vote on a new superintendent the week of April 29, following public interviews next week. Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who appoints the seven-member board, carries considerable sway over the decision.