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Rise & Shine: Academic chief of state-run district a finalist for job in Massachusetts

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'Tis the season for staff changes as the school year winds down and everyone looks toward summer and a fresh start in the fall. And today, we've got a story on a possible change that would further shake up leadership of the state's Achievement School District. Read about where Verna Ruffin, the district's academic chief, might be headed soon.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

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