Kansas education leader apologizes for Native American remarks

State education commissioner Randy Watson acknowledged he had failed Native American students by sharing an offensive anecdote from his childhood.

Speaking for the first time publicly since coming back from a suspension, Watson shared pictures and stories from when he got into teaching more than 40 years ago. He said that back then, he had sought to serve the “unnoticed” kids, but that he failed to do so in February when he made derogatory remarks about Native American students.

“I really let some people down and hurt people with some things that I said about an event a long time ago as I was reflecting back,” Watson said at the Kansas State Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday.

More:How can schools improve Native American education? Start by teaching it, advocates say.

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