New Yorkers bounded from shock to outrage to relief Thursday as they watched Miami’s star school superintendent back out of his promise to take over the New York City school system — on live television.
Perhaps the clearest encapsulation of the range of emotions — and how swiftly they were felt — came from Eric Phillips, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, who was blindsided by Alberto Carvalho’s reversal.
But many others weighed in with emotion-filled reactions. First, there was straight-up shock:
ALBERTO CARVALHO is not coming to New York, it's official. He will not be NYC's next schools chancellor. This is utter insanity.
— Eliza Shapiro (@elizashapiro) March 1, 2018
But there was also anger. This post is from a New York City Council member:
New Yorkers don't welch. Bad look for an otherwise impressive guy. Beware when he tries to spin this into some hero narrative tho. Unprofessional drama. https://t.co/6Eog9zy3aD— Justin Brannan (@JustinBrannan) March 1, 2018
Next came relief, real and vicarious:
Wow I guess if that’s the kind of person he is then it’s for the best smh— Jimmy Taber (@JimmyTaber) March 1, 2018
I'm betting the principals and district superintendents are feeling like they dodged a bullet. The system has been through so many reforms and an outsider with such a big personality like this could have been a challenge on top of the hard job of education. https://t.co/u1y5bpMbAU— Beth Fertig (@bethfertig) March 1, 2018
Then humor began to creep in:
“Next” – Michael Mulgrew, United Federation of Teachers on the crazy day we've had in NYC. Update here: https://t.co/cz5lS3nHTX— Monica Disare (@MonicaDisare) March 1, 2018
If you make me chancellor, I promise to have pizza on the cafeteria menu every day, prom will be held at the Marriott Times Square, I'll call for a snow day every Friday, and homework will become illegal!— Kevin Francis (@KFrancisKearns) March 1, 2018
And it wasn’t long before New Yorkers renewed their jockeying for a seat at the table as de Blasio relaunches his superintendent search:
Agreed. Stakeholders should be part of the conversation as to who becomes the next Chancellor of the country's largest schools system. https://t.co/limhNXXzxl— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) March 1, 2018
“We are disappointed that @MiamiSup turned down the opp to lead our schools in #NYC. As @NYCMayor renews his search for a chancellor, it is absolutely critical that he engage students, teachers & school communities to find [that] leader."-@EvanRStone https://t.co/LoRE37MSw3— Educators4Excellence (@Ed4Excellence) March 1, 2018