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Corey Wise, the former DougCo superintendent, talks about his firing, his formal complaint and the new politics of school boards

When Corey Wise was fired as superintendent from Douglas County Schools, it left students and parents at one of Colorado’s largest school districts outraged. Students walked out of class and educators and parents rallied around him.

Now Wise says in an official complaint filed with state and federal officials that his dismissal by the school board’s new majority members was illegal.

The complaint says that his firing was retribution for Wise’s attempts to protect students’ civil rights.

Wise spoke to Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about his firing, his official complaint and what he makes of polarization on school boards. Here’s what he had to say.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length. 

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