Cheryl James-Ward, superintendent of the 13,000-student San Dieguito Union School District in northern San Diego County, was fired on Sunday following controversial comments she made about Asian students , reported the San Diego Union Tribune.
The district’s four-member board voted unanimously to terminate James-Ward’s contract effective Aug. 15, according to the Union Tribune. James-Ward’s attorney told the Union Tribune that she plans to sue the district because she believes council members made the decision in retaliation for filing a harassment complaint against trustee Michael Allman more early in the year.
James-Ward apologized for her comment, which came during an April board workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion. She said Asian students got better grades than other groups of students because they come from wealthy families who recently emigrated from China.
The comment sparked outrage from several Asian parents and community members who said it implied that all Asian students were Chinese and wealthy, according to the Union Tribune.