Former Cleveland High principal reaches settlement with Seattle Public Schools

SEATTLE — The former principal forced out of Seattle’s Cleveland High School has resigned and reached a more than $200K settlement with the school district, according to the Seattle Times.

The newspaper reported that Catherine Brown agreed to the deal in exchange for dropping any damage, discrimination or retaliation claims.

School district officials said Brown’s contract was ended this summer after an investigation.

The school district said it ended Brown’s contract because she told families about a plan to scale back COVID-19 contact tracing in Seattle schools, something district officials ordered her not to disclose because it violated policy.

Students at the high school protested Brown’s departure in May, believing there was a lack of transparency behind the school district’s decision to end Brown’s contract.

Students argued that Brown was a vital ally who had been mistreated.