Fact-Based Conservative Sighting at the DVUSD Board Meeting

It sure has been quiet in Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) these last few months, and if you ask me, Secular Fam, that’s a good thing!

In case your memory needs some jostling, DVUSD elected new leadership on the governing board. The amount of time spent trying to make sense of the things that come out of the mouths of Board Members Fisher and Paperman has been greatly reduced because President Ann Ordway runs a tight ship, and these meetings are so much more efficient.

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PUSD board meeting: the kooky crackpot Karens are at it again

Kooky Crackpot Karens & Banned-Book Barbies at PUSD Board Meeting

Well Secular Fam, another week, another PUSD board meeting. This meeting just so happened to occur on one of the worst days of my life. The evening of this meeting coincided with the passing of my beloved best friend, Moxie.

Moxie was a beautiful rescue pit mix that found me right before the 2020 election. She was by my side through some of the toughest times of my life, and you can read more about the most perfect dog that ever existed here. I love you, my Moxie girl. RIP.

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Spring has Sprung in PUSD: Freshly Unhinged Behavior

It’s the end of April in Arizona, Secular Fam, and that means schools all over the state are in the home stretch of the 2023-2024 school year. Salary schedules have been discussed and approved, contracts have gone out to educators, and teachers, staff, and administrators are about to experience the “100 days of May,” including ditch days, end-of-year pranks, and “senioritis.” As a former high school and middle school teacher, I know that these last few weeks of the school year can be grueling, so hang in there, educators! We see you, we hear you, and we’re rooting for you to make it through the month! You’ve got this!

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I Went to the Arizona State Capitol for the First Time

I am an undergraduate at ASU and an intern at Secular AZ. I had never been to the Arizona Capitol before or seen the legislature in session. Jeanne Casteen, the director at Secular AZ, wanted me to see the Senate once and had cautioned me about how bad it would be, but my hopeful expectations about our state government survived the warning.

In my mind, the people in charge of deciding the future of more than seven million people would surely be respectful, professional, and open to having their opinions changed, regardless of the intensity of any debate or the subject of any bill.

Needless to say, this hope proved naïve.

Click here to read more on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Arizona GOP Puts the “AZ” in “Crazy”

Happy Spring, Secular Fam! It’s been a while since I’ve put together a Substack update, and it’s because my actual life needed me. I had to hang up my Secular Activist Lady™costume these past couple of weeks and double up on my big girl panties so I could better handle being pulled in a million different directions.

So today, even though there are SO MANY WILD THINGS HAPPENING IN AZ POLITICS, I’m going to take a moment to lean into the best parts of life. MY life, and the lives of the people I love.

First, I had a terrible scare regarding my dad’s health last month. It took us about two weeks to figure out what was going on with his mental and physical health, and because of all the visits to the doctor, he was hospitalized with COVID for several days. He doesn’t live here, so I was on the phone and contemplating travel plans until we got it figured out. He’s much better this month, but he’s 82, and these events will probably become more frequent.

To make matters worse, I no longer speak to my siblings, so making plans for our parents in their twilight years will be complicated. And really, nearly everywhere I go, people share similar stories. Raise your hand if you’ve lost family to MAGA political ideology.

Click here to read more on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

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Church Electioneering at Dream City?

On January 26th Dream City Church in Phoenix hosted was set to host Trump for the Arizona Republican Party event. Per its website, Dream Church’s motto is “Love People.  Cultivate Community. Inspire Hope.”

Their first and greatest commandment is to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Their second commandment is to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”

Leaders Luke and Angel Barnett say “the Dream City Church is a community of people united in our common mission to gather as God’s people, grow in understanding of God’s Word and grace, and reach out to serve others in Jesus’ name.”

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