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Miami-Dade schools chief named Florida superintendent of the year

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Alberto Carvalho, the chief of Miami-Dade’s massive public school system, was named the state’s top superintendent Wednesday by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Carvalho, who has run the district since the fall of 2008, has overseen a spike in graduation rates and a steady, overall uptick in scores on state assessments. Last year, the district won the Broad Prize, considered the nation’s top prize for large urban school districts.

With the honor, Miami-Dade has swept the state’s top honors for teacher, assistant principal and principal since the beginning of 2013. As Florida’s Superintendent of the Year, Carvalho will now represent the state in the running for the nation’s top award for school district chiefs.

“This has been a wonderfully gratifying experience, to be recognized for the work that I have so passionately enjoyed during my career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” Carvalho said Wednesday in a statement. “Our district has been successful because of a supportive, unified School Board, as well as the tireless efforts of teachers, staff, parents and volunteers, who all share in this superlative recognition.”

--DAVID SMILEY

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