Colorado Democrats silent on disturbing Tay Anderson allegations

Greenwood Village, CO. – Last week, news broke that Tay Anderson, a Democrat member of the Denver Public Schools board and the Colorado Democrats’ 2020 “Rising Star of the Year” has been accused of disturbing sexual assaults that involve 62 current and former students.Since these explosive allegations have come forward, leading Colorado Democrats have shamefully chosen to stay silent.

Initial allegations against Anderson came to light in March after Black Lives Matter 5280 provided a statement by a woman who approached the group in February to say Anderson had sexually assaulted her. More recently, a testimony by Mary-Kathrine Brooks Fleming on SB21-088, a mom of three DPS students, alleges that Anderson victimized 62 current and former DPS students.

This is a disturbing pattern and even more disturbing allegations. Yet, leading Democrats have chosen to stay silent and protect one of the top faces of their Party.

Statement from Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown: “The silence by leading Colorado Democrats like Governor Polis, Senator Bennet, AG Weiser, Rep. Degette, and Chairwoman Carroll on the disturbing allegations against Anderson is completely shameful.

“Leaders have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us. No student should ever feel scared of someone in a position of power. I’m calling on all Democrats in Colorado with any integrity to stand up. They must make it clear that they stand with our students, not with the Colorado Democrat ‘Rising Star,’ Tay Anderson. It’s time to protect children, not Democrat political careers.

“It’s time for those who have influence to step up and do what’s right. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Colorado Education Association (CEA), and the Colorado Democrats all fall into that category.”

RELEASE: Colorado GOP Helps Defeat HB 1295

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2021
Greenwood Village, CO. – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown released a statement following the defeat of HB 1295 in the Colorado House of Representatives:

“The defeat of this misguided and dangerous bill is great news for Colorado students and families.

As a mom of two elementary school-age children, the fight for better education and support for schools in our state is personal to me. Sadly, this Democrat legislation was soley aimed at taking much needed options away from students in districts across Colorado. I’m proud to lead the only Party in our state that believes that no child should be stuck in an underperforming school.

“We stand with many Colorado parents and other great allies in saying ‘good riddance’ to HB 1295. I hope the Democrats will now join us in supporting Colorado charter schools and students.”

Additional Background: 
  • HB-1295 was sponsored by state Rep. Bacon (D-Denver), who is also a member of the Denver Public School Board (can you say conflict of interest?)
  • Under existing law, whenever a district rules against a charter school application, that school can then challenge their board’s decision to the State Board of Education. The state board then looks at the facts and makes a determination based on what is best for those students and community.
  • This legislation would take take away that due process, and create a “one-size fits all” standard for children in our minority and economically disadvantaged communities.

Chairwoman Burton Brown Sends Letter to Colorado Democrat Chairwoman Carroll

The letter asks that Democrats return to the era of bipartisan support for charter schools in Colorado 

 

Greenwood Village, CO. – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown released the following letter sent to Colorado Democrat Chairwoman, Morgan Carroll, regarding the Democrat Party’s decision to abandon charter schools, students, and parents across the state:

“As a mom of two elementary school-age children, the fight for better education and support for schools in Colorado is personal to me. Colorado Republicans believe that no child should be stuck in an underperforming school and that Colorado parents and students deserve options.

“This is a critical issue for Colorado, which is why I am sending a letter directly to my counterpart at the Colorado Democrat Party asking her to call on Rep. Bacon and Sen. Story to withdraw HB 1295. This misguided and dangerous bill would, in effect, take away the ability of parents to bring a high-performing charter school to their district, if their school board is anti-charter. The future of Colorado’s children is at stake.

“That is why I’m asking Chairwoman Carroll and the Colorado Democrats to return to the era of bipartisan support for our charter schools.

“It’s time we come back together on this issue.” 

Read the letter HERE.
Additional Background: 
  • HB-1295 is sponsored by state Rep. Bacon (D-Denver), who is also a member of the Denver Public School Board (can you say conflict of interest?)
  • Under existing law, whenever a district rules against a charter school application, that school can then challenge their board’s decision to the State Board of Education. The state board then looks at the facts and makes a determination based on what is best for those students and community.
  • This legislation would take take away that due process, and create a “one-size fits all” standard for children in our minority and economically disadvantaged communities.
Read More:

Read HB21-1295 HERE.