Students, parents rally for embattled principal

, he said that the Department of Education gave him an ultimatum back in January - either retire quietly or face harsher sanctions, including possibly being moved to another school.

In that interview, Leder said that he didn't want to cause an uproar at Lehman and didn't want to work at any other school.

He also said that there was another element to the story that might exonerate him in some way, though he did not elaborate.

Parents back Lehman High School principal

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