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UPDATED: Ethics commission clears McDaniel of wrongdoing
by Everett Catts
February 19, 2013 01:33 PM | 1866 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED AT 1:30 P.M. TUESDAY WITH INFO ON THE COMMISSION'S VOTE)

The Atlanta Board of Education’s Ethics Commission on Feb. 5 voted 5-1 to clear board chair Reuben McDaniel of alleged ethics violations regarding the district’s delay in offering an employment contract to North Atlanta High teacher Amy Durham.

“I am glad there is a venue for citizens to raise concerns regarding board members and a qualified, unbiased commission to review them,” McDaniel wrote in an emailed response to questions about the commission’s decision. “I am pleased to have this behind me and I continue to do the work, as a board member, to move the system forward for the benefit of our students.”

In October, Durham, who taught language arts at the Buckhead school, resigned after being accused of racial discrimination.

“We felt we presented enough evidence to convince the APS Ethics Commission to move forward to a formal hearing on Mr. McDaniel’s conduct,” Durham wrote in an emailed statement. “It is disappointing and unfortunate more light will not be shown on this situation through the APS Ethics Commission.”

In October, Durham talked about he racism allegations.

“It is an anonymous charge and there may have been several charges. Reuben McDaniel said there have been multiple complaints but I have not been contacted directly about it,” she said.

Durham, who has two children who graduated from North Atlanta and two who currently attend the school, said in October she still loves it. She has been involved with the school system as a parent and volunteer for 15 years.

Following a Georgia Open Records request, information on the meeting was released by the school district Tuesday. Commissioners Rebecca D. Pentz, Joy Berry, Cathy Henson, Sam Woodhouse and Emma Costello voted to dismiss the ethics complaint against McDaniel, with Stephen Paul Cummings dissenting.

According to a document released by the district, the commission individually interviewed Durham, her husband David, who filed the ethics complaint; McDaniel; Karen Waldron and William Scott.
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