Lawmaker calls for elected Miami-Dade superintendent
The fight over Miami-Dade's top schools job has so irritated Hialeah state Rep. Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez that he has announced plans to file a bill that would have Miami-Dade voters -- not the School Board -- select the district's superintendent. Here's his statement:
Due to the unprofessional process of the Miami Dade County School Board's Superintendent selection process, I am announcing my intentions to file a bill changing the position of Appointed Superintendent to an Elected Superintendent.
After yesterday's unacceptable nature in which the School Board disenfranchised members of the community and many qualified candidates, I consider it an obligation to the parents, students, and teachers that I move forward with this legislation.
The School Board's decision was conducted in an inappropriate atmosphere; they denied interviews, screenings, or even opening the position to applicants. I am well assured that my colleagues in the Legislature will empower the citizens of Miami-Dade County.
The swift decision to quickly name Rudy Crew's handpicked top advisor as the next successor for Superintendent was unfortunate. This poor judgment will only continue the status quo.
With the legislation that I will sponsor, the citizens of Miami-Dade will have a voice.
The board selected Alberto Carvalho, also the choice to lead Pinellas schools, to serve as the new superintendent after ousting Rudy Crew. Carvalho has yet to make a decision. Florida is one of just three states that allows voters to choose school superintendents.
Click here for the latest on the Carvalho situation from the Miami Herald.