** This letter was updated with information regarding to Director Anderson’s personal encounter with depression and contemplating suicide. — National Suicide Hotline: (800 — 273 — 8255) **
On April 6, 2021 Denver Public Schools (DPS) announced that they had hired a private law firm (ILG) to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of sexual assault against me. BLM5280 first reported these allegations on March 26, 2021. I have always categorically denied these allegations, thus I agreed to cooperate with and participate in this investigation, which, I was told, would be completed in thirty days.
In May, DPS and…
TRIGGER WARNING: This letter contains pictures of threats Director Anderson has received over the last few months. These include various profanity, various slurs both racist and homophobic, and demands for him to kill himself.
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Mary Katherine Brooks Flemming is my Carolyn Bryant.
In 1955 a woman named Carolyn Bryant made false allegations against a Black boy named Emmett Till. We all know the devastating and tragic result of those false allegations. Because of the words of one white woman Emmett Till was brutally murdered, he was lynched. We also know that this same woman admitted to…
This was a letter sent to the President and Vice President of the Denver School Board by Director Anderson.
Today I write this with great concern regarding the unprecedented vote to censure me tomorrow afternoon. While I believe in accountability, I also believe in due process. These aren’t mutually exclusive.
The statement that was sent on behalf of the Denver School Board responding to the ILG report gave the impression that I was not being transparent with the electorate, so in retaliation the Denver School Board has called a special meeting of the Board of Education — during a time…
Warning: This article goes into detail about Director Anderson’s battle with depression and suicide.
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You are NOT alone!
In May of 2021 I was on the brink of taking my own life. I woke up in dark room and began to cry for help. I texted my loved ones goodbye for what I thought was the final time. I posted a scripture on Facebook to tell my friends that my battle with depression had run its course.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” …
It is likely my initiative on alleviating the burdens caused by student fees will fail tonight.
First I want to take accountability for not seeing this sooner, as many of you know I’ve had a rough five months and was out of office for two months. I desperately wish I could’ve caught this sooner to give the district and my colleagues more time to go over my proposal to Board Policy JQ.
Although I will most likely be the lone dissenting vote, allow me to explain why I am staying steadfast to voting ‘NO’ tonight.
Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to connect with families from various parts of Denver Public Schools on how expensive PUBLIC education is. I have had parents tell me that they are spending anywhere from $500.00 to $1,000.00 per child after school supplies, school fees, etc.
The current policy was given to the Board of Education in June of 2021, however I took a leave of absence in June, our district staff and School Board are on vacation during the month of July, and as I was glancing over our consent agenda I came across the…