Updated with O'Malley comments.
After reading what Alexandra Oliver-Dávila had to say about their constituents, state Rep. Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury) and City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) are calling for her to resign.
At issue are text messages Oliver-Dávila and committee member Lorna Rivera exchanged during a nine-hour School Committee meeting on exam schools in which both expressed their hate for white parents in West Roxbury over the issue. Rivera resigned today. Oliver-Dávila, who took over as chair after Michael Loconto resigned, did not.
In a Facebook post tonight, Coppinger writes:
No parent in Boston should need to explain to their kids why yet another member of the School Committee - public officials who should be held to the highest standard - is resigning after making offensive and divisive remarks.
I was the first elected official to call for the past Chair’s resignation after his offensive, racist comments at a School Committee meeting. I continue to believe that our school department should not be led by individuals who denigrate any part of the rich diversity in our city and our neighborhoods.
It has become abundantly clear that this current School Committee did not receive proper vetting from the Administration, so I hope the next elected Mayor will lead an open process that prioritizes members who understand BPS and move our schools forward.
In a separate Facebook post, O'Malley a href="https://www.facebook.com/heymattomalley/posts/10158112962057212">wrote:
Insulting an entire community breaks trust & hampers the board’s ability to improve Boston’s public education.
He added that Oliver-Dávila called him to apologize:
It took guts, and I truly appreciate her reaching out. None of us should be judged by a singular bad moment, and Alex is a good person. I accepted her apology.
Unfortunately, the trust has been broken irrevocably between many BPS families & members of the policy setting body. With the enormous challenges ahead of us as a district, we can’t afford further divisions.