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He Went From Homeless to LA Unified Superintendent



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Alberto Carvalho is taking the reins of Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school district. (Screenshot/Miami-Dade Public Schools)
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In its latest effort at turning around one of the nation’s most troubled public school districts, Los Angeles Unified has turned to Alberto Carvalho, who has earned a reputation as an innovative education leader.

Carvalho is currently the leader of Miami-Dade Public Schools, which is the nation’s fourth-largest K-12 system. He is credited for quickly transforming Miami-Dade from a struggling district into one in which students thrive.

Notable to many is that Carvalho can relate to the challenges facing many children from impoverished families.

“Education turned a once homeless kid into me,” Carvalho says in his Twitter bio.

$440K a Year Contract

The LA Unified school board unanimously hired Carvalho, rewarding him with a four-year contract at a base salary of $440,000 per year. That’s $90,000 a year more than his predecessor made.

Read more at the Los Angeles Daily News.

Learn how Carvalho led the turnaround of Miami-Dade at this link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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