Margaret Samuels, chairperson of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, announced her resignation this morning.
In her letter, she cites political fights as the reason.
"These actions have been provoked because a program for children was expanded," she said. "The expansion of this program was approved through a democratic process and by a majority board vote. It is a program that I happen to believe expands opportunities for students in our community."
Although she never mentions the program by name, she is likely referring to the Mandarin dual-language magnet program at Glenwood Elementary School that has been a topic of controversy in recent months. Last week, parents and Chapel Hill residents created a website calling on the recall of Samuels and two other board members on allegations of unethical conduct.
"The charges leveled at me are baseless and without foundation" she said in her letter. "However, I have no desire to be a part of anything that takes the focus away from our students. When the behavior of adults is the leading story in any school district — we know we have a problem."