Miami superintendent of schools leaves office to lead Los Angeles department of schools.


Miami superintendent of schools leaves office to lead Los Angeles department of schools.

After 14 years at the helm of Miami's public schools, Alberto Carvalho will have the same role in the second-largest school district in the country.

The Los Angeles district school board, which controls the public schools in which more than 450,000 minors study, unanimously approved the four-year contract to appoint Alberto Carvalho as superintendent of that district for $ 440,000. Year.

Carvalho is an immigrant from Portugal who suffered poverty to the extreme of being homeless and living in shelters. Over the years, he made his way through the Miami Dade County public school system to become one of the essential superintendents. Popular that the district has had in its history. Under his 14-year leadership, the nation's fourth-largest school district, with 52,000 schools and 350,000 students, became one of the best in the country. Undoubtedly, this raised Carvalho's national public profile a lot.

But perhaps what made his name resonate across the country was his role during the pandemic. He was sometimes against Gov. Ron DeSantis's ruling on student masks and face-to-face classes. Last August, the Miami Dade school district mandated the use of shows for students and school workers despite a governor's executive order prohibiting it. In liberal states like California, Carvalho's decision resonated positively.

However, this is not the first time Carvalho has been offered to move to a larger school district in the country. Three years ago, the community of New York (number one in the nation in size) had offered him the superintendent position. Still, at that time, Carvalho decided to reject the offer.

Although he did not give reasons for his decision when announcing his job change, Carvalho had words of affection for Miami.

"Although Los Angeles will be my home now, Miami will always have a special place in my heart," Carvalho said at a press conference. With the job change, the superintendent will see a substantial increase in his salary. In Miami, he received 350 thousand dollars a year, 90 thousand less than in Los Angeles.

The Miami Dade school board is meeting today to accept Carvalho's resignation and designate Perla Tavares Hantman (board member) as the person who will carry out the negotiation for the cancellation of the contract. Similarly, the search process for a new superintendent for Florida's central district will begin.

"Carvalho is a visionary leader who has led the county school district with courage and compassion through one of the most difficult times in our history. I am confident that she will continue to brand nationally," County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement when the news broke.

Carvalho will have to face the problematic situation of stabilizing a school district that was particularly affected by the pandemic. Unlike what happened in Miami Dade, where students spent only two months in 100% virtual mode, in Los Angeles, distance education lasted for a whole year. The consequences, both in academic terms and in the mental health of the minors, have been devastating.