Scottsdale Unified Hosts Virtual School Board Meeting; parents demand transparency | Arizona State Schools

Many parents at Scottsdael are still concerned about the fuss that erupted at last week’s board meeting.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – After a Scottsdale Unified School District board meeting was abruptly interrupted last Tuesday due to opposition from several parents to wearing masks, the meeting resumed on Monday, but this time virtually.

Scottsdale school board meeting abruptly ends after parents refuse to hide

But before the reunion even began, dozens of Scottsdale parents gathered outside Coronado High School in Scottsdale. Their mission? They want more transparency. “I’m angry and I’m done,” one SUSD mom said at the rally.

These words sum up what participants think about Critical Race Theory being in Scottsdale schools.

“This is already happening in the classroom,” says Robin Snyder, parent of SUSD. “Our kids were online in the kitchen, and I was listening to a bit of indoctrination and different views from teachers that were definitely irrelevant.”

At last Friday’s press conference, Scottsdale’s Unified Superintendent Dr Scott Menzel said the school district had not adopted critical race theory into the curriculum. This led some participants to wonder what others say they have been through.

“I don’t think it’s implemented,” said Kathy Petsas, parent of SUSD. “It’s hard for me to figure that out. And I think the truth may be somewhere in between.”

Petsas had two of his children graduating from Scottsdale Unified Schools. Another is currently in second year. For her, instead of focusing on critical race theory or masks, the focus should be on celebrating what these kids have been up to this year.

“It’s graduation time, it’s time to recognize student achievement,” Petsas said. “And that’s really where every parent, every member of the community needs to focus.”

But for parents like Robin Snyder, it’s hard not to think about the big picture when it comes to critical breed theory.

“The implication that one group is victim and the other group is oppressive, I think is a bit too much for a child to load,” Snyder said. “We want to see the district succeed and we want to see our children succeed.”

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Perry A. Thomasson