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New NYC schools chancellor chosen

Richard Carranza now heads Houston schools, formerly ran San Francisco's

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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 3:29 pm

Four days after his top pick for city schools chancellor backed out of the job on live TV, Mayor de Blasio on Monday named a new successor to Carmen Farina: Richard Carranza, the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District.

In an effort to avoid a repeat of last Thursday, de Blasio had Carranza appear at City Hall to accept the job alongside himself, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Farina, who will retire by the end of the school year.

“Richard Carranza understands the power of public education to change lives, and he has a proven record of strengthening public schools and lifting up students and families,” the mayor said in a statement.

Carranza has served as the Houston superintendent since 2016 and in his short time there dealt with a budget crisis, went head-to-head with the state government and dealt with getting students back to school following Hurricane Harvey in August. Before coming to Texas, he was the head of public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.

The mayor did not say when Carranza will take over the nation’s largest public school system.

“As the son of blue collar workers and a lifetime educator, it is an honor to serve New York City’s 1.1 million children as Schools Chancellor,” Carranza said in a statement issued by the Mayor’s Office.

The incoming chancellor is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and only spoke Spanish when he started school in Arizona. He’s also an accomplished mariachi musician.

The announcement comes after de Blasio seemingly secured Alberto Calvarho, the superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school system, as the next head of the Department of Education.

Calvarho was set to announce his departure from the Sunshine State at an emergency meeting of the school board March 1, but in a surprise move said he was “breaking an agreement” with City Hall.

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