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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.

Iowa City School District approves student day off for Lunar New Year to be ‘respectful of different cultures’

Iowa City School Distract Approves Lunar New Year Holiday

Iowa City’s Community School District Board of Education has officially added Lunar New Year to its academic calendar as a day off for students and families who celebrate the important Asian holiday.

“Respectful of different cultures”: The decision was approved during a school board meeting on Nov. 23 and is set to begin during the 2022-2023 school year up until the  2024-2025 school year, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.