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Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza Apologies Over 'Wealthy White Manhattan Parents' Tweet

April 30, 2018 - 1:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is apologizing for a tweet.

The controversial retweet Friday was about a recent meeting between parents and school officials on the Upper West Side over a school diversification program.

The tweet was of a video from rawstory.com that said, "Wealthy white Manhattan parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools."

Carranza said he was simply forwarding an article and the wording was generated automatically, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported.

"I apologize to any community that feels offended ... I want to reiterate those are not my words," he said.

But the chancellor said he also is not backing down from the issue of school segregation.

“I think it’s an important conversation to have. I think if it’s starting and generating more conversation, that’s good,” Carranza said.

It all stems from a meeting on the Upper West Side where parents objected to a plan to reserve 25 percent of all middle school seats for underperforming students.