Elite $63K a year private school sued for ‘racially discriminating’ against the two daughters of Transportation commissioner

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New York City Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez is suing a top private school for racially discriminating against his two daughters. R

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New York City Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez is suing a top private school for racially discriminating against his two daughters. 

Rodriguez’s daughter’s were discriminated against at the elite Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, the shocking lawsuit claims. 

Rodriguez and his high-flying Department for Education director wife allege that the $63,000 a year school discriminated against their eldest daughter, now 16, and retaliated against the family for complaining by expelling their younger daughter, aged 10. 

 The institution ‘purposefully and intentionally discriminated against persons of color . . . and purposefully and intentionally retaliated against persons of color . . . who complained about racism at the school,’ the family’s suit filed in June states. 

The children also suffered a ‘racially charged school atmosphere’ from white students who were repeatedly racist, committing prejudiced acts which went unpunished, the legal fillings argue. 

Rodriguez (right) and his high-flying Department for Education director wife (second from left) are suing $63,000 a year Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx

Rodriguez (right) and his high-flying Department for Education director wife (second from left) are suing $63,000 a year Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx

It is the latest in a series of lawsuits faced by the elite New York institution (pictured)

It is the latest in a series of lawsuits faced by the elite New York institution (pictured) 

Racist acts included white students leaving watermelons in a black administrator’s office in 2016, and recording themselves using the N-word in a song in 2018. 

The parents also claim ninth-grade math teacher Stephanie Weber forced their eldest daughter and other pupils of color to complete their tests in class but allowed white children to take them home. 

The teacher, Stephanie Weber, also allegedly ridiculed the teen in front of her classmates peers while ignoring white students when they behaved similarly.

The day after Melendez complained to the school, Weber falsely accused Rodriguez’s older daughter of cheating on an in-class exercise, according to the suit.

When the mocking continued the teen, who had attended the school since kindergarten in 2012, withdraw from Fieldston shortly before the end of the semester, the court papers stated. 

Additionally when Melendez complained, Head of School Joe Algrant responded by expelling her younger daughter in September 2022, just before the start of the fourth grade.

The suit alleges the younger sister was punished to send ‘a clear message to other students and families of color at the school that criticism of the school’s racially hostile environment would have dire consequences’.

The suit is one of at least four discrimination suits that have been brought in the past three years against the progressive school. 

Racist acts at the school allegedly included white students leaving watermelons in a black administrator's office in 2016, and recording themselves using the N-word in a song in 2018

Racist acts at the school allegedly included white students leaving watermelons in a black administrator’s office in 2016, and recording themselves using the N-word in a song in 2018

Earlier this year, a pair of black alumni filed separate suits against Fieldston over claims they endured racial harassment by teachers and peers

Earlier this year, a pair of black alumni filed separate suits against Fieldston over claims they endured racial harassment by teachers and peers

Earlier this year, a pair of black alumni filed separate suits against Fieldston over claims they endured racial harassment by teachers and peers during their time there. 

In 2021, a Fieldston alumni claimed that the school did not provide her black children the same academic opportunities as their white classmates, in addition to not sufficiently punishing white students who engaged in racist behavior.

A Fieldston spokesperson told the New York Post many of the allegations included in the suit date back to 2016 and have since been addressed by the school. 

‘We treat all allegations of this kind extremely seriously and ECFS prioritizes our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by striving to create a welcoming environment where all students can excel,’ the spokesperson said, adding that the school recently expanded its ‘Community and Social Impact’ department.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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