The superintendent for 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 the Order of Isabella the Catholic, an honor given to people whose work contributes to Spain and its culture. The knighthood will be awarded on behalf of King Felipe VI of Spain by Miami’s Spanish Consul General Jaime Lacadena on Dec. 13 at his home.
Born and raised in Portugal, Carvalho leads Florida’s largest school district in a county where seven out of 10 people are Hispanic.
“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.
Carvalho has also received honors from Portugal and Mexico.
December 2, 2021 at 4:01 pm
No American citizen should accept any such title from a foreign monarch.
December 3, 2021 at 5:37 am
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
US Constitution. Not to be nasty about it, and we could debate if a knighthood is a “title of nobility,” but that’s what it says and the gentleman, if he believes in American principles, ought to politely decline.
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