A copy of two questions from a homework assignment at Beaver Ridge Elementary School. Principal Jose DeJesus said a worksheet created by one of the school's teachers was sent home with four classes earlier this month.
NORCROSS — A teacher at Beaver Ridge Elementary School has resigned in the wake of a controversy over math homework questions about slavery.
According to officials with the district, the Gwinnett County Public School System accepted the resignation of one teacher at the school during an investigation into four teachers there.
The NAACP earlier this month called for the firing of any teachers involved in creating and distributing the homework, which contained word problems about slavery.
“The principal will move forward immediately to fill the vacancy created by this resignation,” said Sloan Roach, director of communication and media relations with GCPS. “As this is a personnel matter, the district will not elaborate further.”
The name of the teacher who resigned has not yet been released by the district, nor have the names of others involved in the investigation.
A spokesperson with the Georgia State Conference NAACP said Wednesday the organization was aware of the teacher’s resignation but could not comment further.
Beaver Ridge Principal Jose DeJesus posted a letter to the school’s website on Jan. 10 to inform parents “of some community and media activity that occurred in front of our school.” He said the NAACP had held an event in front of the school “to express their concerns about a homework assignment that went home.”
The state NAACP president said in a previous statement that he refused “to believe the teacher or teachers responsible for allowing it to go forward did not understand fully what they were doing.”
“We need to understand how deep this is,” said state NAACP president Ed DuBose.
One of the homework questions read: “Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”
Another question was: “If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
DeJesus said he understood parents concerns about the questions.
”While I encourage our teachers to create cross curricular lessons, my expectation is that those lessons be appropriate and provide true connection between the subject areas,” DeJesus said. “That did not occur in this case and we are working to ensure that this does not happen again and that this situation is handled appropriately.”