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Miami schools superintendent to be knighted by Spain

The civil honor is given to people whose work contributes to the country and its culture.
Credit: AP
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho speaks during a news conference before handing out COVID-19 home rapid testing supplies to representatives from different schools in the district, Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. The school district and eMed, a local Miami telehealth company partnered to provide 1,000 free tests to students, teachers in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — The superintendent of Miami-Dade County schools is being knighted by Spain for his work in expanding Spanish-language programs. 

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be admitted into the Order of Isabella the Catholic. It is one of Spain's highest civil honors given to people whose work contributes to the country and its culture. 

The honor will be awarded on behalf of King Felipe VI of Spain by Miami’s Spanish Consul General Jaime Lacadena on Dec. 13. 

“I am deeply humbled by this recognition for it acknowledges our ongoing commitment to expanding access to dual-language programs across our community,” Carvalho said in a statement acquired by CBS Miami. “I proudly share this incredible honor with our students, educators, employees, community, and School Board.”

Carvalho, who was reportedly born and raised in Portugal, leads Florida's largest school district in a county where seven out of 10 people are Hispanic. 

The superintendent has also received honors from Portugal and Mexico, CBS Miami reports.