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WA school official resigns after racial remark

Thursday - 7/12/2012, 9:11am  ET

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - The superintendent of the Tukwila School District has resigned following an investigation into alleged racial remarks.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports ( that 66-year-old Ethelda Burke says the investigation has taken a toll on her and her family.

Burke began in Tukwila in 2007 and resigned from the Tukwila job June 30.

Nine employees of the district filed complaints against her for allegedly making inappropriate comments. One group of employees said Burke referred to them as "slaves" and another employee complained that Burke criticized him for hiring too many people of color and turning the district into a "ghetto."

Both Burke and the complaining employees are black.

The district looked into the allegations, but the school board rejected the complaints.

The staff members took their complaints to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is still conducting its inquiry.

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