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San Dieguito superintendent who said Asian students succeed because they’re wealthy Chinese is fired

  • The San Dieguito Union High School Board unanimously voted to fire Cheryl James-Ward from her post as superintendent on Sunday, two and a half months after she alluded that the high Asian student academic performance is due to the influx of wealthy Chinese immigrant families.
  • “We have an influx of Asians from China, and the people who are able to make that journey are wealthy,” James-Ward was quoted as saying during a board training session in April. “You cannot come to America and buy a house for $2 million unless you have money.”
  • Her comments drew outrage after a video of her was uploaded to YouTube, with the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation releasing a statement calling her words “deeply offensive, grossly inaccurate and intentionally divisive, which ill-fits her leadership role in a major school district.”
  • A group of Asian parents told board members during a meeting in April that they were “hurt” by James-Ward’s comments. Many of them called for her resignation, while others demanded that she be fired.
  • Following the backlash, James-Ward issued at least two written apologies, one of which was made before the public comment portion of the April board meeting.
  • James-Ward was fired without cause, effective August 15, which means she is entitled to a year’s salary — or $288,000 — as a buyout.

A superintendent of a high school in California was fired on Sunday, two and a half months after she made controversial comments linking Asian students’ academic performance to the wealth of their immigrant families.

The San Dieguito Union High School Board unanimously voted to fire Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward, who made the divisive remarks during a board training session on diversity, equity and inclusion back in April.

San Dieguito superintendent to sue after being placed on leave for her remarks about Asian students

  • Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward is reportedly suing the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) after its board placed her on administrative leave over her controversial remarks on Asian students.
  • During a recent board training session, James-Ward attributed the success of Asian students to “an influx of Asians from China,” adding that those who are able to make such a journey are wealthy.
  • Her comments drew criticism from some parents, with dozens reportedly calling for her resignation.
  • James-Ward, however, believes that the decision to place her on leave was retaliation for an earlier complaint she had filed against Board Vice President and Trustee Michael Allman, whom she described as a “bully.”
  • The board unanimously voted to make Associate Superintendent of Business Services Tina Douglas SDUHSD’s interim superintendent on Friday.

Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward is reportedly filing a lawsuit against the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) after its board placed her on administrative leave over her controversial remarks on Asian students.

James-Ward made the comments on April 11 during a board training session on diversity, equity and inclusion. After showing data which showed that Asian students receive fewer D and F grades compared to students of other ethnic or racial groups, Board Vice President and Trustee Michael Allman asked, “Do we know why Asian students do so well in school?”