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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Some parents of students at Rufus C. Burleson Elementary School are refusing to let their children attend class until its principal is let go.

The coalition of 50 families protesting the Southeast Dallas School, many of whom speak English as a second language, say Burleson Principal Yolanda Knight is disrespectful.

She is “insensitive to parents, arrogant, condescending and rude,” according to parent Rosy Acosta, who’s a part of the campaign to have Knight ousted.

Acosta claims a litany of complaints against Knight have been building for the past two years. Some of those complaints include: foul language directed toward parents, harsh treatment of students and a disregard of connecting community, its culture and the campus climate.



Longtime Dallas Latino community activist Rene Martinez marched into Superintendent Mike Miles office Friday with a list of letters from frustrated Burleson parents. They are upset and demanding change.

DISD officials set up a meeting Friday with parents, but not with the Principal Knight.

“Anytime you get a complaint from parents, you take it seriously. And we’re doing it in this case. Sit down with parents on issues, and try to resolve them.”

Seven hundred children are expected to show up on the first day of school Monday.

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