Here are a few facts that might have led the organizers to choose different speakers:
*The widespread cheating in DC schools during Michelle Rhee’s reign as chancellor is the subject of a federal investigation.
*The Democratic Party of Sacramento County is calling for an investigation of the use of public resources by non-profits connected to Kevin Johnson.
*Michelle Rhee is currently being sued by a former DC teacher, who alleges that she fired him after he blew the whistle on test cheating at his school.
*Kevin Johnson was ordered to repay $73,836.50 in AmeriCorps funds after an investigation found that AmeriCorps members under Johnson’s direction were “driving him to personal appointments, washing his car, and running personal errands.”
During the summer of 1995, a 16-year-old girl alleged that Johnson had groped her. Johnson apologized to the girl when he was confronted by her with the accusation during a phone conversation recorded by Phoenix police. However he also stated that "what you're saying happened, I'm not entirely agreeing happened..."
On April 16, 2008, rival mayoral candidate Leonard Padilla distributed a 2007 report of similar allegations made against Johnson at St. HOPE Sacramento High School. The allegations were investigated by local police, but no charges were filed, and the alleged victim recanted her story. On April 29, 2008, a group of female civic leaders including former Sacramento Mayor Ann Rudin, Sacramento Municipal Utility District board member Genevieve Shiroma, and former State Senator Deborah Ortiz demanded the release of the police report on the matter. The teacher to whom the student initially brought the complaint subsequently resigned over the incident, claiming, "St. HOPE sought to intimidate the student through an illegal interrogation and even had the audacity to ask me to change my story..." The Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness said on May 30, 2008, that Johnson’s actions, though ill-advised, were not illegal.