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Florida Ethics Panel Says Miami Superintendent Accepted Gifts Over $100

A Florida ethics panel found probable cause this week that the superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district accepted and initially failed to disclose gifts, including neckties and event tickets or admissions, valued at more than $100.

But the state Commission on Ethics said in a statement Wednesday that it will take no further action on whether Alberto Carvalho violated the state's gifts law, because he was forthcoming with the panel, accepted responsibility for not initially reporting the items as gifts, and eventually did so.

The Miami-Herald reported that the tickets were to events featuring the singer Harry Connick, Jr., and actor Kevin Spacey, and a two-day cruise to benefit the United Way.

Two additional allegations were dismissed after no probable cause was found, the panel said. The matter will be dropped unless Carvalho asks for an administrative hearing, the panel said. 

District spokeswoman Daisy Gonzales told the Miami Herald that Carvalho went to the events as part of his community outreach, but out of "an abundance of caution, disclosure forms were submitted to align intent with rule expectation."

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