It’s the second week of September, Secular Fam, so you know what that means! This Secular Activist Lady™ is BOOKED with school board meetings. I really wish that I could figure out how to clone myself because three of Maricopa County’s noisiest districts meet on the same Tuesday every month: Deer Valley (DVUSD), Mesa (MPS), and Scottsdale (SUSD).
I’d like to give a shout out to the Scottsdale Freedom to Learn group for recapping those meetings. If you want to stay informed about SUSD, be sure to subscribe to their newsletter.
If you’re interested in providing updates about MPS (or any school district, really), let us know and we’ll be sure to publish your summary!
Thank you to everyone who upgraded their subscriptions to our Substack last week to a PAID status. Your support helps us to be able to not only cover these meetings, but to also support our legal team so they can file complaints when they receive reports of violations of the First Amendment.
So without any further adieu, let’s get right to it!
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.