It could be a while before a North Atlanta parent’s questions about Atlanta school board ethics are addressed.

The Board of Education Ethics Commission held its organizational meeting on Feb. 13, more than a month after the alleged incident that prompted the ethics inquiry. Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Keith Bromery said the commission has not addressed the issues raised by Cynthia Briscoe Brown, co-president of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools.

Brown made her claims in an affidavit given to the ethics committee after the Atlanta Board of Education on Jan. 9 elected Reuben McDaniel as Board of Education chairman. Brown’s affidavit alleged political concerns prompted the board to remove Brenda Muhammad as chair. The affidavit alleged that McDaniel told Brown that Superintendent Erroll Davis asked McDaniel to run for chairman. The affidavit alleges Davis told McDaniel he would not sign his contract extension if Muhammad remained as chair.

Both men have declined comment, saying the Ethics Commission will handle it.

Brown said she’s fine waiting. She said she attended the Feb. 13 meeting and said commission members wanted more time to learn how to do their job properly before proceeding with her affidavit.

“I certainly want them to know what it is they’re doing and be well-trained to do it,” she said. “I think they are committed to moving this forward.”

 

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