Report: Superintendent Alberto Carvalho offered NYC schools chancellor position

MIAMI (WSVN) - Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has been offered a job as New York City’s schools chancellor, according to a report from Politico.

The report stated that Carvalho has decided to leave the Miami-Dade County school district for the nation’s largest school district in New York City, Wednesday.

However, the Miami-Dade County School Board told 7News that Carvalho has not accepted the chancellor job for the New York City Department of Education.

The office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that they have offered Carvalho the job and implied that he accepted the offer.

In a statement, de Blasio said, “Alberto Carvalho is a world-class educator and an unmatched track record of success. I am very confident that our extensive, national search has found New York City the best person to lead the nation’s largest school system into the future. I look forward to welcoming our new chancellor to New York City in the days ahead, and to working with him in the years ahead.”

7News caught up with Carvalho Wednesday night to ask him what his plans are, but he did not disclose much.

“I love my school board. I indicated that we will be making official comments tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock,” he said.

On Thursday morning, Carvalho told 7News, “We as a community, as parents, as citizens of this state — we ought to question a lot about Florida: whether or not we should be arming teachers with anything other than great resources and aspirations, whether or not we should be doing more to secure schools, honoring teachers with higher salaries.”

He has led the school board for the last 10 years.

Miami-Dade School Board member Dr. Martin Karp said it is too early to consider the next step.

“He’s worked side by side with board members for nearly 10 years,” Karp said, “and I believe he’ll be discussing more about his future tomorrow.”

Although Carvalho said he will make no announcements until Thursday morning, many have treated the move as a done deal.

United Teachers of Dade released a statement that read in part, “New York City should be pleased to have Superintendent Carvalho lead their public schools and we wish him well in this new chapter of his career.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also congratulated by tweeting, “Thank you @MiamiSup for your dedication and commitment to our students. Best of luck on your next endeavor!”

“I absolutely love this community. New York is a great city,” Carvalho said. “I absolutely appreciate the conversations I’ve had with the mayor, and beyond that, we’ll reserve it for tomorrow morning.”

If he accepts the job, it will be a return for the Portuguese national, who first came to the United States through New York before heading to South Florida.

The announcement was reportedly delayed due to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, according to Politico.

An emergency meeting will be held for the Miami-Dade County School Board Thursday “to discuss the stability of the executive management leadership.”

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