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Board votes not to renew contract of Black principal initially targeted for photos with white wife

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A Texas school board voted unanimously on Monday not to extend the contract of a Black principal once targeted for posting on Facebook photos of him kissing his wife, a white woman, and again targeted with accusations he taught critical race theory. Colleyville Heritage High School principal James Whitfield was initially placed on leave for reasons Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Superintendent Robin Ryan would only describe as "a personnel matter," according to The Dallas Morning News. At the recent board meeting, the district announced that its recommendation not to renew Whitfield’s contract was based on allegations he deleted emails, was insubordinate, was dishonest with media outlets, and didn't cooperate with an internal investigation, NBC DFW reported.

Ryan said the 7-0 vote was simply a "procedural" step to make way for Whitfield to present his case, which students, parents, and other community members started to do during the public commenting period. Thirty-five of them spoke in support of Whitfield, with no one speaking in opposition, NBC DFW reported. "The decision is yours,” resident David Benedetto said at the meeting. “Make it the right one and the one that history can look back on proudly."

Whitfield is the first Black principal to lead Colleyville Heritage High School. He has repeatedly denied what he calls “baseless allegations” raised at a school board meeting that he has been teaching critical race theory. The framework maintains the U.S. legal system, and the laws it has produced are rooted in racism. And while stories like Whitfield’s ironically point to just how much truth there is in the theory, educators have been banned from teaching the framework in many places, including Texas, as Republicans use misunderstandings about the theory as a means of further whitewashing history instruction.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill over the summer that states a teacher "may not be compelled to discuss" current events or controversial issues of social affairs. If a........

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