Miami advisory committee criticizes superintendent hiring

Oct. 9, 2008
Ethics committee says selection of Alberto Carvalho "violated principles of fairness"

The Miami-Dade School Board ''violated the principles of fairness and transparency'' when it selected new Superintendent Alberto Carvalho last month, a School Board ethics advisory committee says. Despite the stinging statement, the committee stopped short of recommending that the board reconsider its pick--instead advising the panel to create a process for selecting a superintendent. The School Board named Carvalho to the district's top job last month, just hours after it negotiated a buyout with the former schools chief. There was no formal application or vetting process; board members nominated a handful of candidates from the dais.
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EARLIER: Alberto Carvalho has accepted an offer to become the next Miami-Dade schools superintendent. Carvalho, the district's associate superintendent for governmental affairs, also had been offered the top schools job in Pinellas County, Fla., but declined that offer Friday morning. (Miami Herald)

The Miami-Dade School Board has bought out the contract of Superintendent Rudy Crew, ending Crew's tenure at the helm of the nation's fourth largest school district. The total severance package will cost the district $368,000. Crew had been chancellor of the New York City school system before coming to Miami. Earlier this year, the American Association of School Administrators selected Crew as national superintendent of the year. (Miami Herald)

ALSO: The Miami-Dade County School Board has asked Alberto Carvalho, the district's associate superintendent for governmental affairs, to be its next superintendent, but the Pinellas County (Fla.) board also has offered him its superintendent's job. Carvalho has worked in the Miami district for 18 years. (Miami Herald)

Rudy Crew, the superintendent who promised to turn Miami-Dade County public schools into some of the nation's best, could be leaving in a few days -- or perhaps even hours. ( Miami Herald) As School Superintendent Rudy Crew's tenure appears headed for an end, his replacement will almost certainly come from inside the system. The School Board's eagerness to hire internally is a marked contrast to 2004, when a national search produced finalists who had run school districts in Nashville, Charlotte, N.C., and Annapolis, Md. ( Miami Herald)

From August 2008: In an election upset that could spell the end of Miami-Dade School Superintendent Rudy Crew's tenure, incumbent School Board member Evelyn Greer lost her seat to a retired principal. The victory by Larry Feldman could shift the balance of power on the school board. Greer had been one of Crew's strongest supporters on the divided nine-member board. Feldman has said in the past he would bring new leadership to the nation's fourth-largest school district. (Miami Herald)

A day after surviving a narrow vote to fire him, Miami-Dade Superintendent Rudy Crew says he may decide within weeks whether to quit on his own accord. Debate over Crew's contract has been relentless and often shrill in recent months; he has lamented that the issue has polarized the community and shoved broader educational issues off stage. The most vital question is whether the politics that produced the 5-4 vote to retain him will color every future policy debate of Crew's tenure. (Miami Herald)

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