Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who described Loconto’s comments as “hurtful and wrong,” said just before noon that he had accepted the board chair’s resignation from the School Committee.
All School Committee positions are mayoral appointments.
The School Committee ultimately voted 7-0 to approve the proposal, which will determine eligibility and acceptance by using grades, MCAS scores, and ZIP codes.
Councilor Ed Flynn, who represents Chinatown, said that Loconto’s comments were racist and that his resignation was the right thing to do.
At a virtual School Committee meeting in June, after introducing a Vietnamese interpreter, Loconto said, “Thank you Mr. Tran, no relation I suppose with the other Mr. Tran?”It was an apparent reference to School Committee member Quoc Tran.