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De Blasio taps Richard Carranza as NYC schools chancellor

Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Richard A. Carranza

Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Richard A. Carranza as the city's next schools chancellor on Monday, March 5, 2018. Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new schools chancellor Monday afternoon, less than a week after his first pick for the job announced live on television that he would no longer accept the offer.

The mayor introduced Richard A. Carranza, Houston schools’ current superintendent, during a press conference in the Blue Room at City Hall around 2:30 p.m.

"Richard, in everything he’s done, has been devoted to children and has been a change agent," the mayor said of the new schools chancellor before outlining the highlights of Carranza's career so far.

Carranza has been the head of Houston’s public school system since August 2016. He also served as San Francisco Unified School District’s superintendent for four years.

Carranza is de Blasio’s second choice to lead the city’ public school system, which is the largest in the nation, with 1.1 million students.

On Wednesday, the de Blasio administration had said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho had been chosen to replace outgoing Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who announced her retirement in December.

In a stunning about-face, however, Carvalho announced on Thursday that he had changed his mind and would not accept the schools chancellor job in New York City. The decision came following a lengthy, televised Miami school district board meeting in which parents and other constituents begged him to stay.

De Blasio had said he was stunned by Carvalho’s decision to back out of the job, but added that his administration had already begun its nationwide search, again.

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