COLUMN: Tay wins the (school) board game | Opinion


In September, the Denver Public School Board censored Member Tay Anderson for “behavior unbecoming a board member.” Two months later, last Tuesday, Anderson’s colleagues – along with three new freshly sworn members – appointed him vice-chairman.

Let it permeate. The Denver School Board elected a vice president who, in his own district investigation, recently found out he was flirting with underage schoolchildren and soliciting dates. More so, Anderson has persistently and at times abusively attempted to force the children to meet.

“He made me feel extremely uncomfortable and I was afraid to go elsewhere in case I saw him,” one girl told investigators.

Alas, the DPS card doesn’t care. By secret ballot, they elevated Anderson to the No. 2 leader. The board said it was okay with Anderson making inappropriate advances towards underage students and intimidating witnesses during an investigation (also corroborated in the DPS report). Indeed, he was rewarded with an important leadership position.

Interestingly, at one point Anderson was going to run for president of the board after now-ousted president Carrie Olson recruited newcomer Sochi Gaytán to run for vice president against Anderson. After last-minute negotiations, Anderson finally decided to let Gaytán compete for the presidency. She beat Olson, who then challenged Anderson for vice president in a last ditch effort.

His months of walking on a fence and his attempts to appease Anderson – and ultimately, an attempt to thwart him – had backfired dramatically. Olson lost.

Newcomers Michelle Quattlebaum and Scott Esserman – who paid Anderson $ 6,000 to manage his campaign’s social media – won the post of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

While the council was in politics, the students and teachers suffered. Educators are put to the test. The DPS reports that a third of the usual number of replacements are available this year. Student success is a crater. Of the DPS students who took this year’s CMAS test, only 22% and 36% achieved grade level or above in math and literacy.

The board leadership in Anderson’s self-proclaimed “new era” for the DPS campaigned to “provide the moral and financial support our teachers need” (Gaytán), ensure “access to a full education. high quality ”(Esserman) and guarantee“ the student (feels) safe and welcomed ”(Quattlebaum).

Anderson added Wednesday, “The school board that was often consumed by drama and adult politics is the school board of the past.” Says the man who has been the epicenter of inflexible drama and politics (high school style).

Since Anderson took office in 2019, DPS has been reduced to The Tay Show. Though he proudly touts an “8-0 record” for mediocre achievement (removing school resource officers from high school campuses, allowing fellow board leaders to be paid), Anderson’s antics have grown. countless students lagging behind.

Anderson quickly became the Colorado public face for Black Lives Matter and the movement to fund the police – not to make sure “every child succeeds.” He organized marches, successfully coerced the Stapleton neighborhood to change its name, and protested Denver Police when they removed people from a homeless settlement (notoriously claiming they had it ” pushed “). Leveraging his title, status, and platforms, Anderson is still in the spotlight for endlessly pushing for a political agenda unrelated to improving education.

Anderson targeted parents who testified at board meetings and bullied students who challenged him. He was the subject of the aforementioned DPS investigation – which cost $ 190,000 – and the district’s first censorship in history. Now he is immersed in multiple lawsuits.

How is the DPS board of directors so completely deaf that they would make Director Distraction its vice-president?

Recall September 20, when more than 1,000 students walked out of several DPS high schools to protest Anderson and marched to district headquarters. On Wednesday’s “Brother Jeff Show”, Anderson smeared his own students and employees who made their voices heard.

“There were leaders within the DPS who supported the protest saying, ‘This is the voice of the students, and we support the voice of the students.’ I support the voice of the students. I support the right of people to protest, ”said Anderson. “The last time I saw something like this, where people chanted and called for death or tried to hurt politicians or leaders within their communities because of a difference, or because they were poorly informed via social networks, it was January 6. . “

Anderson made a name for himself as a teenage activist. Yet when 1,000 teenage students use Tay’s tactics to protest Tay himself, he equates them to right-wing extremists who have besieged the United States Capitol. Unbelievable.

It is deeply disturbing and dangerously frightening for a vice president of a school board to denounce and slander the students who criticize or oppose him – and the black and brown students he always claimed to represent, nothing like that. less.

The basic support that school principals gave to students meant everything to them.

The staff did the right thing.

It is scandalous that Anderson threatens principals by suggesting that they have allowed students to call for violence.

If this is the kind of bullying Anderson perpetrated on his first day as Vice President, what’s the next step? The accomplice DPS card is gone for a new insane start. Tragically, unless the parents get up, everything is probably going downhill from here.

Jimmy Sengenberger is the host of “The Jimmy Sengenberger Show” Saturdays from 6am to 9am on News / Talk 710 KNUS. He also hosts “Jimmy at the Crossroads”, an online show and podcast in partnership with The Washington Examiner.

Jimmy Sengenberger is the host of “The Jimmy Sengenberger Show” Saturdays from 6am to 9am on News / Talk 710 KNUS. He also hosts “Jimmy at the Crossroads”, an online show and podcast in partnership with The Washington Examiner.


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