PUSD: This is All Totally Normal and Fine

Happy May, Secular Fam! Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday school boards across the state were reorganizing and electing new leadership, and now here we are, mid-May! Teachers are packing up their rooms, HR directors are scrambling to fill vacancies, kids are preparing for finals and graduation, and the parents are…

…focused on children’s genitalia. Well, not all parents.

And c’mon, we know that most of these creepy groomers don’t even have kids in the districts where they deliver their sermons speeches (which should probably make all of us worry about these weirdos).

So for as long as these Puritanical Private Parts Police keep showing up, I will too.

Well, actually, I’ll tune in from home. And for this meeting, I had a houseguest, so we had a good time MST3King this meeting, and I’ll be including some of his observations. So let’s jump right into this Peoria (PUSD) meeting from May 9, 2024.

According to folks on the scene, it was standing room only because they were celebrating various students and athletic teams from across the district. The meeting started with a budget revision presentation, about how the budget is being reduced by about a million dollars because of a decrease in Average Daily Membership (ADM).

Essentially, this means declining enrollment, and when you have a board member and religious zealots calling all parents to remove their kids and utilize funds from the runaway Arizona voucher program, this isn’t surprising.

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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.