New Year, New Legislative Session… New Set of Christofascist Bills

Hey Secular Fam! Do you hear that? It’s the sound of public school district governing boards all across the state reorganizing themselves and electing new leadership.

After  all, it’s a new year, with a new legislative session, a new set of christofascist bills to promote and yet more religious hypocrisy and intolerance on the way.

Already in both Deer Valley (DVUSD) and Scottsdale (SUSD), the boards ditched the extremists in leadership positions for serious board members who don’t hate public schools, so that’s great news.

As I’m writing this, Paradise Valley (PVUSD) and Peoria (PUSD) are reorganizing their boards as well, and I predict that we’ll see similar results there (update – the PUSD meeting was WILD, y’all, but it’s going to take me a minute to break down the absolute circus that happened at their first meeting of 2024).

But today, I want to talk about religion and a respect for one’s personal beliefs.

You know, I’ve never been especially religious. My parents raised my sisters and me in an agnostic setting basically. While my dad was raised Methodist and my mom was raised Catholic, by the time I came around, they were like, “Meh, figure it out yourself.”

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Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.

Author: Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.