Five months after it commissioned a third-party investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Denver school board member Tay Anderson, the board has released the findings. In a statement, the board said it will consider a censure of Anderson on Friday.
“The most grievous accusations were not substantiated and the board is grateful for that,” the statement says. “However, the report reveals behavior unbecoming of a board member.
“As elected officials, we must hold ourselves and each other to the highest standards in carrying out the best interests of the district. Director Anderson’s behavior does not meet those standards.”
A 96-page report was posted to the board’s website Wednesday. Some parts were redacted. The board called the report “detailed and complex.”
Publicly, the most serious accusations against Anderson were anonymous, secondhand, and scant on details. They included that Anderson sexually assaulted someone.
Anderson, 23, was elected to the board in November 2019 and is serving a four-year term. He is a Denver Public Schools graduate who went on to work at his alma mater, Manual High School, and at North High School in support roles. He has long been an activist, leading protests against racism and police brutality, which has made him a target of conservatives.
The accusations against Anderson hung over the work of the Denver school board during a time when district officials were grappling with bringing students back to school after a year of mostly remote learning and hiring a new superintendent.
The six other school board members haven’t discussed the allegations against Anderson publicly, though they issued several statements. In written statements, they said they launched the investigation in part because “we believed a young Black man deserved due process and a fair evaluation of anonymous allegations.” But nearly four months after the initial allegation, Anderson criticized his fellow board members for allowing him to remain under a cloud of suspicion for so long.
The other six board members received the results of the investigation Monday. Anderson got them Tuesday, a day before they were publicly released.