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Houston's Richard Carranza named NYC Schools Chancellor

05 March 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Houston Superintendent of Schools Richard Carranza as the new chancellor of New York City schools. He also spent four years leading schools in San Francisco.

Richard Carranza from the Houston Schools District was selected for the job, de Blasio said Monday.

Carranza will take over for Carmen Farina, who announced her retirement in December.

Before taking the Houston post, Carranza had been a finalist to lead Los Angeles schools before withdrawing from consideration.

Fluent in Spanish and an accomplished mariachi musician, Carranza has been a coveted target of big-city school systems in the past.

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.

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.

Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho humiliated Mayor de Blasio on live television with a last-minute rejection of de Blasio's offer to run the city schools. He declined the position one day later during an emergency school board meeting in Miami.

Houston's Richard Carranza named NYC Schools Chancellor