Richard Carranza has been named as the new Schools Chancellor of New York City.

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Mayor De Blasio Names Houston’s Richard Carranza As New Schools Chancellor

March 05, 2018 - 5:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's take two for Mayor Bill de Blasio in selecting a new schools chancellor.

He announced Monday afternoon that Houston Schools Superintendent Richard Carranza is his plan 'B.'

De Blasio's initial selection, Miami Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, changed his mind last week saying he was staying put because he wanted to keep his promise to the school kids of Miami.

On Monday, Carranza joined de Blasio at a press conference along with the mayor's wife Chirlane McCray, and outgoing chancellor Carmen Fariña.

"Everything happens for a reason in life and I feel like we've ended up in a very, very good place, de Blasio said.

Carranza has been superintendent in Houston where he played instrumental role in the city's recovery from Hurricane Harvey, opening schools just two weeks after the storm, Juliet Papa reported.

Carranza began his career teaching and plans on taking a page from his predecessor, Fariña, Papa reported.

"I still make it a point every week to visit classrooms. That's where I find my inspiration, that's where I find my strength," Carranza said.

Before working in Houston, Carranza previously headed-up San Francisco's school system for four years.

Houston has the nation's seventh largest school district at 214,000 students which is just a fraction of New York City's 1.1 million.

He considers education the great equalizer and says he and de Blasio found common ground on an equity agenda, Papa reported.