Rise & Shine: Meet New York City’s next schools chief

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After months of searching for a new chancellor behind closed doors, city officials confirmed Wednesday that Miami schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be New York City's next schools chief. Carvalho generally fits the mold Mayor Bill de Blasio has been looking for: He has successfully managed a large school system, has been an educator his entire career, and is adept at selling his agenda to the public.

In the wake of the announcement, education groups from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum expressed optimism about Carvalho — which may reflect his reputation as a middle-of-the-road schools chief. He supports many of de Blasio's union-friendly policies, including efforts to reduce suspensions, provide resources to struggling schools, and offer more Advanced Placement Classes. But he's also known for supporting magnet schools — an endorsement of school choice that charter advocates might find encouraging.

We'll have more coverage on the new schools chief in the coming days, so if you have questions about Carvalho you want us to answer or reactions to his appointment, feel free to drop us a line: ny.tips@chalkbeat.org



NEW CHANCELLOR Alberto Carvalho, current superintendent of the Miami school system, will replace Chancellor Carmen Fariña as the leader of the nation’s largest school district. Chalkbeat, Politico New York, New York 1, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York TimesNew York Daily News, WNYC, Staten Island Advance, Miami Herald, Miami New Times

Carvalho is considered one of the country’s leading educators, is a shrewd political operator, and has promoted education policies that dovetail with elements of de Blasio’s agenda. Politico New York

The position’s relatively low salary was a potential sticking point, but city officials have agreed to pay Carvalho $353,000 to match his salary in Miami, more than $100,000 above Fariña’s current base pay. New York Times

Top teachers union officials and charter-school advocates — two camps that often clash — said they look forward to working with Carvalho. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSURES Before an oversight panel was scheduled to vote on 13 school closures Wednesday night — including eight in the city’s Renewal turnaround program — parents and elected officials expressed reservations about the plans. Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (2/26)

RENEWED QUESTIONS Editorial: Public Advocate Letitia James is right to critique the uneven results of de Blasio’s Renewal school turnaround program, but she is wrong to suggest that the schools need more time and money. New York Post

SCHOOL SAFETY In the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, several New York City schools have faced threats of violence. New York Daily News, Staten Island Advance, New York Post

Staten Island’s Susan E. Wagner High School was placed on lockdown after a gun scare, but police found no firearms at the school. New York Post