School principal resigns over Hispanic complaints

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

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DENVER (AP) — An elementary school principal criticized by parents after Hispanic students were left to eat lunch on the floor of the school's office after misbehaving is resigning.

Denver Public Schools issued a statement saying Kalpana Rao, the principal of Cheltenham Elementary, was the focus of complaints from parents when they learned of the discipline. Parents say Rao also made racist remarks to parents.

In a letter to the parents, Rao apologized for the discipline and promised it wouldn't happen again.

Rao says if students get in trouble, they are brought into the office to wait to see the dean. She says they often sit on the floor while they're waiting because there aren't enough chairs.

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