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School head who clashed over racial equity training resigns

Associated Press
Posted: Jul. 25, 2019 2:37 pm

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- A black superintendent of a predominantly white suburban Kansas City school district who received threats while pushing for racial equity training has resigned.

The Lee's Summit school district announced in a news release that it will pay Dennis Carpenter $750,000 under an agreement.

The district's school board rejected his request for equity training before eventually approving it. At one point, the district's school board president had to apologize for equating the treatment of blondes to the racist treatment of black people.

Last week, Carpenter condemned Trump for tweeting that four congresswomen should "go back" where they came from. Carpenter said in a tweet that, "When we normalize and fail to denounce racist @Twitter rants from the leader of the free world, we shouldn't be surprised that similar lines of thinking show up at the local level. #Sad."


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