Houston Schools Superintendent Chosen for NYC Schools Chancellor

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday the appointment of Richard Carranza as New York City’s next Schools Chancellor in City Hall’s Blue Room. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen the Houston schools superintendent to lead the nation’s largest school system.

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Monday that Richard A. Carranza has been appointed to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina, who’s retiring.

“Richard is the right person to lead our school system forward as we build on the progress we’ve made over the past four years and make our vision of equity and excellence for every child a reality,” de Blasio said.

Miami’s schools superintendent had accepted the post but then backed out last week. Alberto Carvalho cited emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.

Carranza has been the superintendent in Houston since August 2016. He previously was superintendent of the San Francisco school system.

Carranza said he was “incredibly honored” to be chosen.

“As the son of blue collar workers and a lifetime educator, it is an honor to serve New York City’s 1.1 million children as Schools Chancellor,” said Carranza.