No censure of Auon’tai Anderson by Denver faculty board — science weblog

A transfer by the Denver faculty board president towards censuring the board vp was squashed by the opposite board members Monday.

The board rapidly voted 6-1 to take away from Monday’s assembly agenda a dialogue of accusations made by President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán that Vice President Auon’tai Anderson violated board insurance policies after a March 22 capturing at East Excessive College

Gaytán was the one board member to vote in opposition to eradicating the dialogue from the agenda. She’d beforehand mentioned she deliberate to transfer for a vote to censure Anderson on April 20.

Board member Michelle Quattlebaum mentioned that within the wake of the capturing at East and different youth violence, pupil security ought to be the board’s prime precedence.

“Something that’s occurring amongst us just isn’t even secondary,” Quattlebaum mentioned. “It shouldn’t even make the highest 10. It shouldn’t matter in any respect. As a result of our infants don’t really feel protected.”

Persona conflicts, energy struggles, and makes an attempt at reconciliation have marked interactions between board members, particularly Anderson and Gaytán, for the previous yr. 

Amongst different violations, Gaytán had accused Anderson of exposing to the press confidential data from a closed-door govt session of the board on March 23, at some point after a pupil shot and injured two deans at East Excessive College. Anderson mentioned the data he disclosed to the press was shared with him outdoors of the chief session. 

Denver faculty board members met in govt session, then voted unanimously to return law enforcement officials to Denver faculties. On March 27, Anderson, who helped lead a controversial 2020 effort to take away law enforcement officials from faculties, held a press convention wherein he mentioned Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pressured the board’s choice to convey them again.

Anderson mentioned Hancock “had an govt order able to be drafted and declare a public well being emergency … to deploy faculty useful resource officers again to colleges.” 

After the press convention, Gaytán wrote Anderson a memo outlining what she described as violations of board coverage. The alleged violations included that Anderson “disclosed data mentioned in Govt Session. Particularly, naming the Mayor’s non-public communication with the Superintendent concerning the creation of an Govt Order to deal with faculty security,” based on a duplicate of the memo obtained by Chalkbeat.

Anderson has mentioned that Superintendent Alex Marrero informed him concerning the potential mayoral order earlier than the chief session. Hancock’s workplace has denied he had an order able to go.

Melanie Asmar is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, overlaying Denver Public Colleges. Contact Melanie at

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