N.Y. drama takes two big prospects out of discussion for L.A. schools job

For a while, the nation’s three largest school systems all were on the hunt for new leaders, but now Los Angeles has the only vacancy.

On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio named Houston schools Supt. Richard A. Carranza as chancellor of the nation’s largest school district. In January, homegrown administrator Janice K. Jackson got the top job in Chicago, the third-largest district, about a month after being named interim chief executive.

The New York City selection process was fraught with drama. Late Wednesday, the mayor’s office confirmed that the new chancellor would be Alberto M. Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The next day, though, Carvalho appeared at an emergency meeting of the Miami-Dade school board, which was broadcast on television. After board members, parents and students begged him to stay, Carvalho left the room to call New York and break off his engagement with the Big Apple.

De Blasio made sure his next choice would be at his side for the announcement, which followed weekend meetings between the two men in New York. De Blasio told reporters that he formally offered the job to Carranza at 10 p.m. Sunday. The men appeared before the press Monday with their wives as well as exiting Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who is retiring.

Carvalho and Carranza both figured in the Los Angeles superintendent search of 2015-16, but neither seemed likely picks for L.A. in 2018.

Like the current search, that earlier one was confidential, but Carvalho was an obvious favorite for the L.A. job if he wanted it. But South Florida wooed him to stay, with incentives including a pledge by the school board to increase his pay. He publicly took himself out of the running in early December 2015, more than a month before L.A. made its choice. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-new-york-lausd-superintendent-search-20180306-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter