Meet LA Unified’s Next Superintendent

The search for Los Angeles Unified’s next superintendent has finally come to a close. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho is LAUSD’s choice to lead the state’s district and the second largest district nationwide. His four-year contract was approved Tuesday and stipulates a salary of $440,000 a year.

“Alberto Carvalho brings the deep experience we need as an educator and leader of a large urban district to manage L.A. Unified’s ongoing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Board of Education President Kelly Gonez said. “He established a clear record of positive student outcomes and has relentlessly worked toward greater equity for historically underserved communities. I know he will continue that focus in Los Angeles.” 

M-DCPS is the fourth largest school district in America. Carvalho has been at the helm since 2008 — a long time in the fickle world of superintendents. Under his leadership, M-DCPS achieved an A grade on the state’s accountability system.

Carvalho is a native of Portugal, who came to the US at 17. He began his education career as a high school teacher and then principal. He has cultivated a reputation as an innovator, spearheading several new initiatives like a Parent Academy and a School Improvement Zone dedicated to improving academic achievement.

LAUSD’s last superintendent Austin Beutner stepped down in June. He had been in the job for three years. Since 2006, LAUSD has cycled through eight interim and permanent superintendents. Megan Reilly has served the interim role since Beutner's departure.

Read more about LA’s next schools Chief at EdSource

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