Albuquerque schools chief Winston Brooks suspended 3 days over tweets

11/10/2013 7:44 AM

11/10/2013 7:46 AM

Albuquerque public schools superintendent Winston Brooks has been suspended three days without pay over comments he posted online.

School board president Marty Esquivel announced the suspension at a news conference Friday.

The school board met to discuss whether or not to take action against Brooks for tweets about New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. In two posts on the social media site Twitter, he compared Skandera to livestock.

Brooks served as superintendent of Wichita schools for about 10 years. He left in 2008 to head public schools in Albuquerque, a district nearly twice Wichita’s size.

Brooks apologized for his tweets on Wednesday, saying he “meant no offense.”

His suspension will begin on Monday. Chief Operating Officer Brad Winter will fill the role for three days.

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