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With Carvalho Out De Blasio Resumes Search For Schools Chancellor

March 02, 2018 - 12:49 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The search for a Schools Chancellor picks up again for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A day after being dumped in a live press conference by his original choice -- Miami Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho -- de Blasio told WNYC Radio that many extraordinary professionals from coast to coast are interested in the job.

Carvalho said he was breaking an agreement between adults so that he could honor a commitment he made to the children of Miami where he will remain superintendent.

On Wednesday night, the mayor's office appeared to confirm that Carvalho would be replacing Carmen Farina as Schools Chancellor.

“Alberto Carvalho is a world-class educator with 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 as we deepen achievement in our classrooms and build on the outstanding record of accomplishment that Chancellor Fariña has delivered for students and their families across the five boroughs," the mayor's office said.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Mayor de Blasio said he didn't understand why there was more of a dialogue with Carvalho and said during his last conversation with him at 8 p.m. Wednesday, "everything was a go."

The mayor also repeated comments from Thursday, about how he surprised he was when Carvalho backed out of his commitment, saying New York City's million public school students 'deserved better.'

"I am very, very surprised," De Blasio added. "I have a lot of respect for him but I am very surprised."

Current NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina will stay on until the end of March.