Denver elementary principal removed after district finds she discriminated against a Black student

A Denver elementary school principal has been removed from her position after a school district investigation found she discriminated against an 8-year-old Black student because of his race.

Marisol Enriquez is no longer principal at Inspire Elementary School in northeast Denver, according to a letter Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova and other district administrators sent to Inspire families. The school board is set to vote Monday on whether to fire her from the district.

“We have high standards of conduct for all DPS staff,” the letter says. “That includes, first and foremost, an expectation that they make sure that our schools are welcoming places.”

Denver Public Schools has a history of institutional racism, which leaders acknowledge persists today. The district has several efforts underway to address the problem, spurred in part by a school board resolution to recognize Black students’ excellence.

Enriquez has appealed the district’s discrimination finding. She did not comment for this story.

But her attorney, Christopher Lujan, said Enriquez did not treat the 8-year-old student differently because of his race. He said there are other “objective reasons.”

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