Using Children as Culture War Pawns Isn’t OK

There was a Peoria (PUSD) board meeting this week, and I’ll do my best to put it all into words, but honestly, this one really got me, Secular Fam. I’ve done my best to make light of these folks that show up to pass out envelopes, talk about reptilian evolution, or to pass out bugsnacks,

But at the last PUSD meeting, there was very little to laugh at. 

And this is where I’m going to make a very explicit ask. Tracking all of this is emotionally taxing, and I need your help. If everyone reading this either upgrades to a paid subscription or considers becoming a member of Secular AZ, we could hire a volunteer coordinator to mobilize folks to attend these meetings, and allow me to get a break here and there.

Click here to read the rest of the article on Secular AZ’s Substack.

 

 

 

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.