Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) 2-21-2023 meeting had an overflow of people who would request to speak.
SUSD’s controversy swirls around Superintendent, Dr. Scott Menzel, who made comments in a 2019 interview regarding his views on social justice, white privilege and stating that “white people should feel really, really uncomfortable because we perpetuate a system by ignoring the realities in front of us and living in a mythological reality.”
Dr. Menzel publicly stated, prior to the board meeting, that he will not resign and that his comments were taken out of context.
Full interview here: https://torchlightmedia.net/2019/06/07/public-schools-and-social-justice-an-interview-with-dr-scott-menzel/
CALL TO ACTION: Contact the SUSD board members at email@example.com to provide any comments you may have, and if you support Dr. Menzel and his DEI/CRT policies. Plan to attend the next meeting and let your voice be heard.
Speakers on the DR Menzel controversy: Some supported Dr. Menzel, and others did not, and some were troubled by the entirety of his comments and asked for his resignation.
Some Speakers for Dr. Menzel were from the following groups:
GLSEN – Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
Support Equality AZ Schools (a Chandler student group)
Three Unions: SSPA (Scottsdale Support Professionals Association),
SEA (Scottsdale Education Association) and the
SAA (Scottsdale Administrators Association)
Some Speakers against Dr. Menzel were from the following groups:
Scottsdale Unites for Educational Integrity
Arizona Women of Action
Turning Point USA
Other meeting topics: policies, on-line bidding for maintenance of schools, an additional security position and the reporting requirements of the general counsel. A presentation was also given regarding SUSD’s Career and Tech Education Program.