In a stunning display, Alberto Carvalho rejected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s offer to become the head of New York City schools last Thursday, in a report by WNYC. It all went down on live TV and was completely unexpected, leaving NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio embarrassed beyond belief.
Carvalho initially accepted the offer, but in a tumultuous turn of events, he announced his decision to remain in Miami-Dade, saying:
“I’m making this decision not on the basis of what is opportune and best for me,” Carvalho said. Instead, it was a decision made “out of honor and respect to this community, with the hope that in reciprocal fashion that the honor and respect of our work will be evident in the months and years to come.”
This is said to be a significant setback for Mayor de Blasio, who searched for months to find a replacement for retiring Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Wall Street Journal reporter Mara Gay calling the rejection a “stunning embarrassment.”
A shocked de Blasio addressed the media shortly after Carvalho’s announcement. He stated that Carvalho had accepted the role and the two of them had numerous conversations about the position, where they even negotiated salary.
“I think like many of you, I was very surprised by Mr. Carvalho’s decision,” de Blasio said.
Carvalho explained he was showered with emotional pleas from the southern Florida community, begging him to stay.
While announcing his decision, he said, “I am breaking an agreement between adults to honor an agreement I had with the children of Miami …. Against probably my personal best interest, I am making a decision and announcing a decision today after speaking with the honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio that I shall remain in Miami-Dade.”
Mayor de Blasio ended on a positive note, saying, “In the end, there are a lot of people who want this job and we’re going to get a great Chancellor.”