It’s a sad for the Tukwila School District with the loss of Ethelda Burke, the district’s superintendent who has resigned.
Burke has been off the job for about three months, during which the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the district investigated employee complaints against her regarding racial discrimination.
The district found there was no basis for the complaints, although there may have been comments taken out of context or misunderstood.
The federal investigation continues.
But as we wrote earlier Burke herself was professionally harmed, even before the truth of the charges was determined. That’s what publicity about just one side of the story will do.
Burke has made a difference for Tukwila’s students. But a new superintendent can embrace her legacy of finding the best way to serve the diverse student population of the Tukwila School District.