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Jose Rosado and the Allentown School District at odds over book

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Is it an ax to grind or a pursuit of the truth?

Former Allentown School District administrator Jose Rosado has released a book and says his intent is to inform the public.

But the district, which settled a lawsuit with Rosado last year, labels it defamatory and a violation of a legal agreement between the two.

Rosado lost his job in 2014.

Rosado claims the termination was retaliation for him voicing concern to the Department of Education about how the district was handling admissions into the alternative school.

Following his job loss, Rosado filed a lawsuit in which the district settled with him, giving him close to $100,000.

The district did not admit to any wrongdoing in the agreement.

But, as part of it, District Solicitor John Freund said Rosado agreed not to defame the district.

"There is a defamation clause," Rosado admitted but added, "I don't think anything in the book is defamatory."

"I would expect someone who makes defamatory statements to say they're not defamatory. The district is of course surprised and upset,” Freund said.

The book Deliberate Injustice refers to the district and its alternative school. It includes district emails, school documents, and depositions from the lawsuit.

"I don't editorialize or put a spin on any documentation that's in the book," Rosado said.

Freund told 69 News the contents are not redacted and not properly described in their context.

"What he is doing is unacceptable," Freund said.

The district says the book is filled with raw documents and unproven allegations.

Rosado said the book is intended for readers to make up their own minds about the documents he gathered.

“I don't think I'm looking to promote the book for any other purpose other than to provide the public with public information," Rosado said.

"That's nonsense. I have the book here, I've looked through it, I handled the lawsuit. It's clear his motive is based upon his own indignation of his personal circumstances with the district," Freund said.

Rosado said he discussed the book with his attorney before it was published. 69 News was not able to confirm that with his counsel.

In a letter, the district demands Rosado stop promoting and distributing his book.

Freund added that moving forward all options are under consideration but did not elaborate.

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