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Hartford's Renzulli Academy Parents Upset Over Decision to Replace Acting Director

Hartford parents are protesting the decision to replace the acting leader of a local school.

In a letter to Hartford Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, the Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy Parent-Teacher Organization expressed its anger in the decision to replace acting director Freddie DeJesus, who, according to parents, has served in that role for two years and was promised the position. In the letter, parents said they had no idea the search for a new leader was going on.

Parents organized a walkout Friday in support of DeJesus.

Following the outcry, Torres-Rodriguez released the following statement:

"I appreciate the passion and commitment our students and families showed today for the Renzulli Academy community. Their voices have been and will continue to be heard. As Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, I stand by the integrity of the hiring process for the position of Assistant Principal.

"Senior Leadership at HPS will review this situation, act accordingly, and use it as a learning opportunity on how to continue to improve communications with our parents and stakeholders in the future."

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