After Denver College Board censure, Tay Anderson pledges to rebuild belief | Schooling
Tay Anderson, a board member of the embattled Denver Public Schools, made his first official appearance since being reprimanded by other board members on September 17 with a two-hour town hall at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center in Five Points on Saturday.
Anderson made himself available to the community to grill him over last month’s censorship and a student strike calling for his resignation after a district-ordered report found he flirted with teenage girls online.
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Residents were more interested in discussing their children’s problems in the district and hearing from candidates running for the board. Thirteen people, including one incumbent, Carrie Olson, are running for four open seats in the November 2 election.
Anderson, 23, voluntarily removed himself from the Denver board of directors as part of an independent investigation into an anonymous sexual assault allegation. The investigation did not confirm the sexual assault allegations, but did confirm inappropriate online conversations with the girls, which sparked criticism that, other than public shunning, has no impact on his board post.
Anderson’s criticism came two days after the 96-page report was published.
According to the document, Anderson “had flirtatious social media exposure as a board member with a 16-year-old …
Anderson has protested his innocence. The cost of the investigation, conducted by the Denver Investigative Law Group, was $ 105,449.63.
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“It was an aggressive public lynching,” self-described Anderson supporter Ian Coggins told The Gazette. He and his wife watched the town hall with their young child and a red-haired toddler. “People forget that he got 50% of the vote in a three-way race. He fought his way through adversity and dealt with it well. “
Anderson opened City Hall on Saturday by pledging to win back the respect of parents, students, and the Denver School Board.
“There are no hard feelings at all,” he told a room with about twenty people and an online audience. “We strive to work for your children, not for ourselves.”
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Other topics from residents, parents and candidates were whether the police should be used in schools, how children with disabilities are educated and how the district is dealing with the coronavirus.
Anderson addressed parents’ concerns about the Manual High School football game on Friday night, in which panicked students fled the stands after hearing what they thought was a shot.
“There is already tension among our students,” said Anderson. “There was talk of a gun, but someone in the parking lot actually only ran over a bottle,” he explained, making a cracking noise from the breaking glass.
As town hall closed, Jane Shirley, a former teacher first-time candidate for the board of directors, brought up the Anderson controversy, saying the process was dysfunctional.
“I don’t like how it went. But we got what we got and we are moving on. “