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Former Douglas County Superintendent Corey Wise sues school district, alleging retaliation and discrimination

Corey Wise has broken his silence — and the ousted superintendent is suing his former employers alleging retaliation, discrimination and that his infamous firing was illegal.

The former Douglas County School District superintendent filed a lawsuit April 13 with the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He claims the Douglas County School Board majority discriminated and retaliated against him because of his advocacy for the district’s educational equity policy and universal masking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before he was terminated without cause on Feb. 4, Wise oversaw Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving 64,000 students in nearly 90 schools and employing more than 8,000 people.

A new conservative board majority was elected in November 2021 and quickly began work to lift the district’s masking mandates and consider a repeal of the district’s educational equity policy, issues Wise had supported.

The board majority of Mike Peterson, Becky Myers, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar later fired Wise in a 4-3 vote, a decision that led to protests in the community and among students.

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