‘Woke’ superintendent resigns days after signing new contract

A woke college superintendent in a ritzy a part of Connecticut has resigned simply days after agreeing to a new $225,000 contract — with mother and father blaming him for “alienating” them together with his “strong liberal ideologies,” in keeping with a report.

Rydell Harrison announced his resignation from the district protecting Easton and Redding in a letter Friday blaming “a number of unique challenges” that led him to query if the job was “a good fit for me.”

It got here lower than two weeks after he agreed to a new contract to remain for one more two years, with an annual wage of $225,000 plus beneficiant advantages, the Connecticut Post said.

He had been within the position simply 10 months — however already confronted requires his resignation for a sequence of divisive statements and faculty insurance policies, the outlet famous.

In January, he sparked uproar with a Facebook put up after the Capitol siege which many took as an assault on anybody supporting then-President Trump.

“Please search your soul and ask if your words, your silence, actions or inactions helped in any way pave the way for Confederate flags to be waved in our nation’s capitol,” his put up learn, in keeping with a News-Times report on the time.

“You are a co-conspirator who has sided with domestic terrorism,” he mentioned of those that shared Trump’s beliefs.

As Harrison confronted calls to resign, one resident, Roy Barker, requested him throughout a gathering, “Please explain how labeling people you disagree with is doing better for our children?”

Harrison sparked additional outrage when he launched a lately permitted diversity, equity and inclusion survey for college students, mother and father and employees.

“I think surveying our 11-year-old students about gender identification and sexual orientation crosses the line, crosses it hard,” a district member who voted in opposition to it, Mike Hoffman, told The News-Times earlier this month.

While Harrison didn’t elaborate on the particular “unique challenges” that led to his resignation, it left many mother and father unsurprised that he would go.

“He should have kept his personal politics and strong liberal ideologies to himself,” Sandy Welsh wrote in one Connecticut Facebook group discussing the resignation, saying he “alienated half of the families” together with his anti-Trump tirade.

“But he can’t. He is much smarter than we are and ever so woke,” David Voorhees replied to Welsh’s remark.

“Good riddance. Now we need a Superintendent and a Board that respect EDUCATION not INDOCTRINATION,” David Voorhees wrote. Others, nevertheless, insisted it was a “huge loss” to now not have the “great leader” who was a “gem.”

For many, Harrison was identified for his “Snow Day Song,” a remodeling of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” that landed him some viral infamy in addition to an look on “Good Morning America.”

“Rather than continuing forward as the superintendent, I have decided to pursue opportunities outside of a traditional K-12 setting that will allow me to fully engage my passion for education and commitment to improving outcomes for all students without the heavy burdens of district administration,” Harrison mentioned his assertion, with out elaborating.

The district will maintain a particular assembly Wednesday to debate his substitute, the Connecticut Post mentioned.

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