SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
On Monday, the Scottsdale Unified School District’s cowardly school board members held a virtual meeting so that they would not have to answer to their constituents.
This comes after their last meeting on May 18, where they walked out on the parents before the meeting got underway.
Concerned parents in Scottsdale decided to hold their own meeting and press briefing outside of Coronado High School, where the in-person meeting would have taken place.
Amy Carney led the charge and spoke on behalf of Scottsdale’s parents.
Carney: I just want to thank everyone for being here tonight. I know that we would all rather be at home or doing something different but this is important and so I appreciate you showing up tonight. My name is Amy Carney, I’m a mom of 6 and we’ve been in SUSD for 19 years. I’ve got a child in high school, no school, and elementary school right now. And we the parents felt it was important that concerned parents and community members showed up tonight, despite the board members not showing up in person for tonight’s meeting. We have been touted as a “belligerent mob” and many untrue narratives have been spread over the last several days. So we’re here to tell you who we really are. In reality, we are SUSD parents, grandparents, community members, and tax-paying citizens who care about education and how our kids are being educated, or not being educated.
We believe as parents that it is our right to guide the education and medical health decisions for our children and right now we’re not liking the direction that we see our leadership headed and we’re seeking transparency from our elected officials. No one expected such a huge turnout at SUSD’s board meeting last week. Despite what has been said by the administration or the media or on social media, let me be clear, in no way was there any premeditated intent by us to purposely disrupt that meeting with anything more than our presence and our public comments.
It is unfortunate that there were agitators in the crowd but you cannot blame parents for being upset right now. We also will not be held responsible for any organized groups that come to our school board meetings to purposely cause disruption. That is not who we are. Dr. Menzel voiced that he was disappointed in those in attendance at the May 18th board meeting. Yet does he and the governing board understand that we the parents are disappointed? That many people don’t just show up here on a Monday or Tuesday night unless they care and they’re concerned. If our district leadership would be more transparent and maybe make better choices, we would not even have to be here doing this right now. But we are here and we won’t be silenced. These are our kids and these are our schools.
You should also know that parents across the state of Arizona have been meeting. This past week, we’ve been hosting meetings in our homes to organize a parent-led movement to reclaim our Arizona schools. Parents are uniting together to create support teams in every region of the state to create a system of support for each other. Parents have been speaking out at board meetings but we’re being lied to, ignored, and even harassed. Myself harassed by the Scottsdale Board President on social media.
We the Arizona Parent Coalition officially launched on Wednesday, a campaign to actively recruit, train, and support parents to run for our school boards.
Parents know their children best and we need more parents on our school board that will respect and protect our parental rights all while offering our children a quality education without tainted political bias. Together we parents are a strong voice and we must unite to reclaim our schools by replacing unresponsive school board members one seat at a time.