As New Yorkers were wrapping their heads around the shocking news that the city’s top pick for schools chief had publicly turned down the job, people 1,300 miles south were rejoicing.
In Miami, a sigh of relief rang out as Alberto Carvalho announced that he would stay on as superintendent. Carvalho is beloved there after nearly a decade running schools — an unusually long and peaceful tenure for an urban superintendent.
This tweet from one Miami resident summed up the reaction we saw on social media:
Here’s more detail from other corners of Miami’s education world:
Superintendent @MiamiSup Carvalho has long been a champion for kids, and we are so excited to continue our work together to expand opportunities for students here in #Miami-Dade! https://t.co/wqv8vf1XUE— Teach For America Miami-Dade (@TFAMiamiDade) March 1, 2018
It was an emotional day for the M-DCPS family & especially for the students and their parents! iPrep Pre-K school family is beyond esthetic & ready to celebrate their beloved Principal Mr.Carvalho’s decision to stay in Miami by having a class picnic tomorrow#ThankyouMr.Carvalho! pic.twitter.com/8EjdqoBtMk— Dr. Saira Mir (@SairaMir3) March 1, 2018
Alberto Carvalho turned down more money and arguably the top job in his profession As a parent with a child in kindergarten in Miami it's tremendous to know the man in charge of Miami-Dade county schools loves this community that much— Miami Mando ️♀️ (@LakersCanes305) March 1, 2018
Some in Miami took jabs at New York City, which offered Carvalho an unprecedented salary but would have required him to work in a system where the chancellor serves at the mayor’s discretion:
@MDCPS has gladly hired him. @EricFPhillips tweet reveals the political toxicity of a city run school district. Bullet dodged @MiamiSup - here’s one S FL teacher who is glad you stayed. https://t.co/P0iM0wNveQ— Dan Wynne (@DwynneEdu) March 1, 2018
Glad @MiamiSup Carvalho staying put. ICYMI, he caused a bit of a 2-day novela/bidding war b/w NYC & Miami. Can’t think of another public official in FLA -local, state, and definitely not federal- anyone would fight over. Sorry, NYC, we’re keeping him. U get to keep the Trumps.— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) March 1, 2018
And others took the chance to look ahead — at the school system’s future, and Carvalho’s.
Great news for Miami schools. Lots of work still to be done & teachers need more support (salaries, classroom resources). But losing Superintendent Carvalho would've meant a big disruption & the loss of a leader who cares about #Miami children. https://t.co/vYga9WnSpZ #education— Theodore O'Brien (@TheoOBrien) March 1, 2018