Frances Cogelja resigned from the Hackensack Board of Education on Tuesday, one day after she forgot to turn off her camera while taking a bathroom break during a school board meeting.
Cogelja had faced criticism in recent months for opposing LGBTQ and anti-racism curriculum, and for sending out homophobic emails.
“Everywhere I turn, this alternate lifestyle narrative is being shoved done [sic] our children’s throats. Where does it end???” Cogelja said in one email cited by Hackensack Future, a group which had been seeking her resignation.
In June, Cogelja abstained on a resolution that committed local schools to anti-racism and cultural proficiencies.
That move came shortly after the killing of George Floyd.
“Long overdue relief for LGBTQ youth and youth of color in Hackensack,” said Christian Oliveira, a New Jersey civil rights leader.
Cogelja was elected in 2019.
School board members must fill her seat by January 29.
A special election will be held in April to complete the remaining year of her term.