Denver Public Schools Have Spent $50,000 So Far On Testing – There Are Plans To Spend More
The findings of the Denver Public Schools investigation into sexual assault allegations against school board member Tai Anderson will not be released until the end of this summer, when the firm works to look into claims of extending its term for interviewing potential witnesses. was kept on
The Investigative Law Group will conclude its interviews by the end of June and release its findings by the end of the summer, the school board announced in a news release Thursday. Board urges anyone with relevant information to come forward by email [email protected] and pledged to protect the people from oppression and retaliation.
The news releases were from six of the seven board members. Although it was not stated which board members participated in writing the release, Anderson stepped down from his duties while the investigation continues. He did not attend the regular meeting of the school board on Thursday.
According to the news release, the investigative law group was hired on April 6, and so far the school district has spent $50,000 on the investigation.
“And to ensure that no stone is left unturned, we expect to invest even more. We need to get this right,” the board said in the news release.
Sexual misconduct allegations have circulated around Anderson since Black Lives Matter 5280 on March 27 posted an allegation from an unnamed woman, who said he sexually harassed her and that she was sorry.
Anderson and his lawyer, Christopher Decker, have said they never sexually assaulted anyone.
After the Black Lives Matter statement was published, young women who served with Anderson on the board of Never Again Colorado said that he had made them uncomfortable through unwanted sexual advances and unwanted touching. Anderson later apologized for making anyone feel uncomfortable.
Then in late May, Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming testified before a state legislative committee that a sexual predator was targeting Denver public school students. While she did not name Anderson, the school district later confirmed that she was talking about him and reported Brooks Fleming’s testimony to the Denver Police Department.
The board, in its release issued on Thursday, said that it is not aware that anyone has come forward to speak to the police.
The Denver Classroom Teachers Association acknowledged this week that its committee that scrutinized candidates for school board elections received an anonymous letter in 2019 alleging that Anderson inappropriately treated a woman on the board of directors of a local advocacy group. had behaved and misused the board’s money. . However, the committee known as the DCTA Fund could not confirm the allegations and decided to support Anderson.
DCTA President Rob Gould said in a new statement released Thursday: “The letter did not provide any specifics about the allegations and had nothing to support that a minor may be involved so no duty to report Knowing that smear campaigns are fairly common during election season, members of the fund asked Mr. Anderson about the allegations and were satisfied with his responses that they were baseless. Furthermore, the fund had background information for each candidate. There is no capacity to investigate.”
While Gould’s statement said the committee spoke to Anderson about the allegation, Decker told Chalkbeat Colorado on Wednesday That the DCTA never spoke to Anderson about the letter and that Anderson had never heard of it until this week when reporters began asking about it.