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Carvalho named 2014 National Superintendent of the Year


Continuing on a string of accolades, Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has been named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year.

The award was handed out in Nashville Thursday afternoon by the Association of School Superintendents. Carvalho, who was joined in Tennessee by board members, tweeted out that he is "humbled and honored."

"Today's recognition reflects the dedication, sacrifice and work of every member of our education family, as well as the guidance and direction of our School Board," he posted on Facebook. "I share this award with every teacher, student, employee and community partner of" Miami-Dade schools.

Carvalho beat out 50 state superintendents of the year, and three other finalists. The win follows the district's receipt of the Broad Prize a little more than one year ago, and a recent award from the College Board for major progress on Advanced Placement exams.

There is one caveat, however, that might slow the celebration a little: The only other Florida superintendent to win the national award was Rudy Crew in 2008. Then Miami-Dade's schools chief, Crew was ousted by the school board before the end of the year, and replaced by Carvalho.