Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho 1 of 4 Candidates for National Superintendent of the Year

Carvalho was named Florida's Superintendent of the Year in December.

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    Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho

    Alberto Carvalho was named one of four candidates for National School Superintendent of the Year.

    The announcement was made at a press conference at the Miami-Dade School Board Building Wednesday.

    Carvalho, who has led the nation's fourth largest school system since 2008, was named Florida's Superintendent of the Year in December. He was also honored with a Broad Prize for Education in 2012 for helping close the achievement gap for Miami-Dade’s minority students.

    "Best-in-the-Country" School Safety Plan Sought: Carvalho

    [MI] "Best-in-the-Country Plan" for School Safety Sought: Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
    After a moment of silence for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho called for people to come together "and seek meaningful, reasonable, and sustainable solutions to the devastation of humanity we so mourn today." Carvalho said that during an elevator ride with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, he proposed bringing together mayors, police chiefs and municipalities to develop a "best-in-the-country plan" to address schools' security needs. "The mayor's response is 'Let's do it, and let's do it now.' Mr. Mayor, I thank you for your commitment," Carvalho said.

    The other finalists are Terry Grier from Houston, Texas, Kevin Maxwell from Annapolis, Md. and Michele Taylor from Calhoun, Ga. The winner will be announced during the School Superintendents Association's National Conference on Education, which will be held on Feb. 13 to 15 in Nashville, Tenn.