‘Bullet dodged’: Miami superintendent turns down job to lead NYC schools

MIAMI — Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Thursday he is breaking an agreement with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to be the city’s next schools chancellor, prompting the mayor's press secretary to declare it a "bullet dodged."

The announcement was made at a Miami school board meeting the day after de Blasio tweeted that Carvalho had accepted the job, replacing Carmen Farina, who is retiring.

“I am breaking an agreement between adults to honor an agreement and pact I have with the children of Miami,” said Carvalho, who was met with cheers from those in attendance.

Carvalho confirmed he is declining the job after a lengthy and well-attended school board meeting with multiple breaks and speeches in which he indicated his intention to stay in Miami.

At one point, de Blasio's press secretary Eric Phillips tweeted: "Give us a minute, folks. We’re also sorting through the weirdness."

After Carvalho confirmed his decision, Phillips wasted no time telling New Yorkers it was a "bullet dodged."

Carvalho has led Miami-Dade's school system, the nation's fourth largest, since 2008. The New York City Department of Education is the country's largest.

The Miami-Dade schools website says the district has become one of the nation's highest-performing urban school systems, receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014.

Carvalho was selected as Florida's 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year.

Summer Delaney produced this video.