Miami-Dade Superintendent Carvalho May Become New York City's Chancellor

What to Know

  • Carvalho was named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year.
  • Carvalho has served as the superintendent for MDCPS since 2008.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school system in the United States.

*UPDATE: Carvalho later announced he intends to remain in South Florida

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho may leave South Florida to become the New York City Department of Education's Chancellor, according to reports.

The New York Times and WNBC-TV are reporting that Carvalho, who was named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and has served as superintendent of MDCPS since 2008, has been offered the postion that would move him the fourth largest district in the country to the biggest.

Carvalho is expected to announce his decision at an emergency school board meeting Thursday to "discuss the stability of the executive management leadership."

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is retiring in the coming weeks, according to sources in the New York City Board of Education.

New York City's school system is the largest in the nation. Carvalho would be tasked with implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio's goals, such as free school lunches for the 1.1 million public school students.

The announcement comes as South Florida debates school safety following the mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Reactions poured in on social media following the news:

"Thank you @MiamiSup for your service to Miami-Dade students, parents, and teachers. You did a fantastic job here fighting to improve our public school education. New York is lucky to have you – you will be missed!" former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wrote on Twitter.

"Say it ain't so @MiamiSup! #SoFla will miss your leadership but can't wait to see the miracles you will perform in #NYC. Godspeed and good luck, mi amigo!" U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wrote on Twitter.

"Thank you @MiamiSup for your dedication & commitment to our students. Best of luck on your next endeavor!" Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

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