California Pays ‘Equity’ Official $160,000 a Year

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A well-paid school equity adviser has come under scrutiny for his remote work combating California inequality from the other side of the country.

Daniel Lee, 51, is a deputy superintendent for the California Department of Education, where his job focuses on racial and social equity in the state’s school system. He works for the California education system, despite living and running his own psychology consulting ventures in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to a report from Politico.

Lee is also a close personal friend of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and was hired privately without a public job listing. According to Politico, the California Department of Education confirmed that Lee’s salary is over $160,000.

“Irrespective of who it is, to have someone from out of state who is not familiar with California’s dynamics and politics and challenges come in and attempt to do this work only furthers the fundamental problem,” Sacramento Black Parallel School Board Director Carl Pinkston told Politico. “Which is that the California Department of Education fails to adequately monitor schools for inequities and push for enforcement.”
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