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New York ‘Blindsided' by Schools Job Backout, Mayor as Confused as Anyone, According to the Mayor

Miami schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho had accepted the job, then turned it down at a bizarre news conference Thursday

What to Know

  • Miami-Dade Pubilc Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho declined to take the job of Chancellor of NYC schools after initially accepting
  • He was going to replace current Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who is retiring after five years in the post under Mayor de Blasio
  • Mayor de Blasio in a news conference Thursday said he was "very, very surprised" by Carvalho's change of heart

New York's mayor is still flummoxed after Miami's schools superintendent accepted a post and then backed out , but he says many "extraordinary" professionals "from coast to coast" want the job.

Alberto Carvalho said Thursday he was breaking his agreement with New York City because of emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.

Mayor de Blasio said Friday on WNYC that New York was "blindsided" and he's as confused as anyone.

He says New York City's million public school students "deserved better."

Chancellor Carmen Farina is retiring, but will stay until the end of March.

De Blasio says he's sure the city will have a great new chancellor "quite soon."

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