Parents protest against newly hired New Rochelle schools superintendentPosted: Updated:
There is excitement across the Hudson Valley as parents send their kids back to school, but parents in one district are not happy with who is being put in charge.
Protesters gathered at Huguenot Children's Library in New Rochelle Tuesday ahead of a Board of Education meeting, demanding the newly hired superintendent be replaced.
A group of activists from the minority community say Dr. Laura Feijoo is not fit to head the school district. Their main concern stems from a $90 million lawsuit against her former employer, the New York City Department of Education.
The lawsuit alleges reverse discrimination after she was demoted from her position that instead went to a candidate of color. Protesters say Feijoo is wrong for the district and believe she won't foster diversity.
Feijoo responded to those concerns back in July. She then said, "I served in diverse communities my whole career ... And they had their own needs and I supported students and families across the school system ... In terms of the lawsuit, there was a law broken and I took action."
Feijoo is set to assume her new position in November.