Dec 2, 2021 - News

New Denver school board president calls district a "racist system"

Tay Anderson is now vice president of the Denver school board. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP
Tay Anderson is now vice president of the Denver school board. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP

The newly elected school board president backed by the teachers union declared "a new era for Denver Public Schools" at the board meeting Tuesday.

What's new: Xóchitl "Sochi" Gaytán, a parent from southwest Denver, took the helm as board president in a secret-ballot vote, our education reporting partners at Chalkbeat write.

  • She immediately vowed to improve education for students of color, which are a majority of the district.

What she's saying: "We have work to do," she said. "We know that the employees and the staff of all of Denver Public Schools are working within a racist system."

The intrigue: Tay Anderson, the embattled board member who was censured by the previous board for his conduct, was selected as the board's vice president.

  • The decision was a vote of confidence for Anderson as he defeated former board president Carrie Olson.

The big picture: The entire school board is now backed by the teachers union, a flip from the previous makeup that featured members who supported education overhaul initiatives, such as broader school choice.

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