Alberto Carvalho offered job as New York City’s next schools chancellor

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Miami-Dade Schools chief Alberto Carvalho could be leaving Miami for New York City.

The superintendent has been offered the job of New York City schools chancellor, but has not yet accepted the post, said school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego.

The Miami-Dade School Board has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. tomorrow to discuss the offer, and to begin a search for Carvalho’s replacement, should he decide to accept the job.

Carvalho, 53, has led Miami’s public schools since September 2008. He would replace Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who is retiring.

Carvalho came to America as an illegal immigrant at the age of 17 — to New York City. He eventually made his way to South Florida, at one point sleeping in a friend’s U-Haul truck and working as a busboy and day laborer. After attending Broward College and Barry University, Carvalho eventually turned to teaching, starting as a calculus teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, where he was known for his smart suits and fashion sense. Students there reportedly called him “Mr. Armani.”

He told Indulge magazine in 2014 he wanted to make sure that he stood out from his students with his fashion, but that “no Italian fitting suit or shoe will ever change your heart or your soul.”

Carvalho is also the founder and principal of the award-winning iPrep Academy in downtown Miami.

Carvalho has long has been associated with rumors and speculation that he aspired to either a more prestigious position or political office. As recently as last year, his name was bandied about as a possible candidate for Congress in a seat that was vacated by retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The seat garnered enormous interest, especially among Democrats, who view Ros-Lehtinen’s district as ripe for a political flip.


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