Ethics complaint against APS Chair Reuben McDaniel dropped for lack of evidence

The AJC reports that,

The Atlanta school board Ethics Commission decided Monday not to open an investigation into a complaint against Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel … [as the] the commission lacked facts to support claims that McDaniel received an improper benefit, and the ethics complaint was filed too long after the alleged violations occurred.

Molly Read Woo, a supporter of McDaniel’s opponent in the school Board race, originally reported the ethics complaint this past May and followed up with APS in September. In her complaint, Woo

…questioned whether the school board hired a marketing agency to promote controversial policies, violated state law by privately discussing budget issues, or compromised the superintendent search process by including an associate of Mayor Kasim Reed in executive sessions.

Woo had also raised the matter in a public meeting and directly confronted McDaniel with the allegations, to which McDaniel denied any wrongdoing. In November, the Ethics Commission deferred ruling on the matter and requested more information. It would appear that any additional information received by the Ethics Commission was insufficiently persuasive and the Commission has now concluded the matter.

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