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Scottsdale United: Teachers Viewing Lewd Sexual Images in View of Students Not a Fire-able Offense

Arcadia High School PE teacher Michael Hudnutt was caught on videotape by students as he was scrolling through pictures of scantily clad women in sexualized positions. Students reportedly took the video on November 30, 2022, in the boys’ locker room, as they viewed Mr. Hudnutt through a glass office window that displayed the Arcadia logo.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Former Arizona School Counselor Says She Was Advised to Keep Students Transgender Status from Parents 

    Cyndi O’Brien, a former social worker at Scottsdale Unified School District, recounted a September 2022-2023 meeting where she says district social workers were told that they were not required to call parents if a child comes out as transgender during a counseling session.

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    UNICEF Club Allegedly Tells Scottsdale High Schoolers To Side With Hamas

    "Specifically, the club declared that Israel has been illegally occupying, taking, and settling on land belonging to Palestinians; that Israel had engaged in ethnic cleansing and apartheid by forcibly displacing and discriminating against Palestinians; and that Israel unjustly tortured and imprisoned Palestinians, including 80 percent of Palestinian children."

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    Scottsdale Superintendent: Staff Not Required to Tell Parents of Child’s Gender Identity Issues

    Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Superintendent Scott Menzel told parents this week that he doesn’t require district staff to tell parents about the gender identity issues their child experiences.

    Listen as Menzel emphatically declares that staff may hide medical information from parents. 


    Scottsdale School District Rolls Out Controversial RFID Trackers In Student Badges

    "This school year, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) incorporated controversial RFID chip trackers in student and faculty ID badges.  

    The district approved the chips in a close 3-2 vote in late June. Board members Libby Hart-Wells, Zach Lindsay, and Julie Cieniawski approved the chips; Amy Carney and Carine Werner opposed them. The estimated cost of the chips totaled $125,000. "


    Scottsdale Students Planned Walkout To Support Hamas Cancelled

    "Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) students were planning to stage a walkout on Thursday just before lunch to show their support for the terrorist organization. The thwarted mobilization comes about a week after the DMHS UNICEF and Amnesty International clubs told students that Israel was the wrongdoer in the Israel-Hamas conflict, accusing them of committing apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and torture against both child and adult Palestinians. The clubs committed their fundraised monies to the Palestine side of the conflict."

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    Scottsdale Unified Students To Admin: Tell Teachers To Stop Asking For Our Pronouns

    Students at Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School are voicing their objections to the district’s unwavering commitment to radical gender ideology.

    “A majority of my teachers have asked me what ‘pronouns I prefer’ or ‘what name I would like to be called’,” said the teen. “Can you ask our teachers to stop doing this?


    Under Menzel’s Leadership, Scottsdale Unified Accused Of Exposing Parents To Harassment By Pro-Menzel Allies

    After launching a public documents request portal in July 2022 to selectively expose the names of requesters and the topic of information they seek, Scottsdale Unified is now publicly releasing the unredacted names of parents who request a review of their child’s school curriculum.


    Scottsdale Unified Board Member Calls For Civility, Menzel Supporters Bring Outrage To Meeting

    Activists came from far and wide to offer support for Scottsdale Unified School District’s controversial superintendent, Scott Menzel. Menzel is under fire for, among other things, comments he made about “white identity” being “problematic.”

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    With Support For SROs Strong, Supply And Administrators Thwart School Safety Efforts

    In the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), parents and school board members are also hoping to use money from an extension of the district’s maintenance and operations override to hire SROs. Currently, the board is considering whether or not to place an extension request on the upcoming November ballot.

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    Oh Scottsdale, Not Again!

    An angry board member coming to grips with a new board, musings on a bygone era, and my letter to the SUSD governing board to put the superintendent in a box

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    Under Menzel’s Leadership, Scottsdale Unified Teachers Get Green Light To Watch Porn At School

    IT’S OFFICIAL: Superintendent Scott Menzel ensures that teachers caught viewing lewd photos of women at work will not be fired. On the contrary, on March 7, 2023, Menzel used taxpayer-funded lawyers to fight to keep a porn-viewing PE teacher employed, regardless of child safety.

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    UPDATE - Scottsdale "Discontinues" Superintendent Committee After Letter to Board

    "Within days of my March 27 letter to the Board (more of a memorandum on the authority of an elected board vs hired administrators, really) - SUSD top administrator Scott Menzel announces he has reviewed the “superintendent committees,” and “effectively immediately” - he is discontinuing the supplemental curriculum committee."

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    Obama-honored superintendent Blasts White Race as 'Problematic,' Who Should Feel 'Really Uncomfortable

    "There’s a misperception that educational equity is really only for ethnically and racially diverse districts. But White people have racial identity as well, and in fact problematic racial identity that we typically avoid," he said.

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    Arizona Attorney General Sues Scottsdale Unified For Open Meeting Law Violations

    The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), for a violation of Arizona’s Open Meeting law. The lawsuit seeks to have Board member Jann-Michael Greenburg removed, impose civil penalties on the board, and ensure no future Open Meeting Law (OML) violations occur.

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    Arizona Legislators Join Scottsdale Unified Parents In Condemning Menzel’s “Hateful Comments”

    “There’s a misperception that educational equity is really only for ethnically and racially diverse districts. But White people have racial identity as well, and in fact [it is a] problematic racial identity that we typically avoid,” Menzel told David Spitzley of the Torchlight.

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    Students Taught That Only 4% Of Men Are Exclusively Heterosexual

    Scottsdale Unified psychology teacher Mackenzie Onofry taught Desert Mountain High School students a lesson in sexual orientation and homosexuality. Onofry presented slides that state as fact the idea that only 4% of men and 2% of women are exclusively heterosexual and claimed that “sexuality is a continuum” per Alfred Kinsey, despite much of Kinsey’s research being discredited.

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    Test Scores a Mixed Bag for Scottsdale Unified School District Students

    Of the SUSD students who took the test, 68% either meet or exceeded the passing mark in English, 45% meet that mark in reading, 35% in science and 42% in math.

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    Legislative District 3 officials seek Scottsdale Unified superintendent removal

    State Representatives Joseph Chaplik, R-Scottsdale, Alexander Kolodin, R-Scottsdale, and Senator John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, issued an open letter Feb. 1 to members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board condemning Superintendent Scott Menzel for offensive and hateful comments made in a 2019 interview. 

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    SUSD's Transgender Support Plan

    Desert Mountain High School Puts on Play Exploring Kids’ Sexuality

    This week, Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) put on a play exploring the sexuality of kids. It’s the latest display of the school’s promotion of minors’ sexualization.

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    Scottsdale Unified Leadership Accused Of Weaponizing “Inclusion” To Attack Concerned Parents

    Mommy, will I always be a boy?”

    That was the question several parents were asked by their children after an aide informed her pre-K students that she was neither a girl nor a boy. The aide, identified as Mia Perry, was a Scottsdale Unified School District employee working at Copper Ridge Elementary in the before and after school programs.

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    Scottsdale Superintendent: Staff Member Has Civil Right to Expose Kindergarteners to Gender Ideology

    Parents pulled their kindergarteners from Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) classrooms after district leadership refused to put an end to one staff member’s discussions of gender ideology. The alleged perpetrator was Mia Perry, a before and after school care assistant who told students that she was nonbinary, an LGBTQ+ term indicating that the individual believes they’re genderless. 

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    Scottsdale Unified Accused Of Denying Public Records Requests Related to Gender, Sexuality Topics

    A review of the requests being denied reveals that the district is blocking distribution of public information related to gender ideology, pronoun surveys, equity events, sexual harassment, and the controversial Unitown club and AnyTown camp.

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    Scottsdale Unified Scrambles To Assure Parents After Secret Dossier Discovered On School Board Member’s Computer

    The Scottsdale Unified School District’s administration is scrambling to do damage control after a group of mothers discovered Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg had access to a Google drive full of information, documents, and photos of 47 people including children.

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    Scottsdale Principal Required Middle School Teachers to Attend Grooming Training

    Cocopah Middle School Principal Nick Noonan required teachers to attend a training on supporting and affirming LGBTQ+ ideologies in children. Email records show Noonan paid $500 in school funds for the two-hour training, “Safer Spaces,” conducted by the Phoenix chapter of Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

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    News About SUSD Sexuality Clubs

    Teenage Boys Allowed to Sleep In Girls’ Cabins At Gender Identity Camp

    The controversial Scottsdale Unified program, Unitown, is under fire again as documents obtained through public records requests seem to indicate that the district assigns high school boys to sleep in girls’ cabins, if the male students claim they are female. No evidence has been presented that SUSD has any process for verifying the boys’ claims, leaving some to wonder if the district leadership has any standards for protecting girls put in the position of sharing their bedroom with a boy while attending district sponsored overnight activities.


    Cherokee Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School

    Nominated by the state Department of Education, the Pre-K-5 school received the coveted award based on student performance on state and national assessment tests. Fewer than 300 schools in Arizona won the recognition.

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    Records Raise Questions About Hormone Therapy For Students

    Documents received by a parent in response to their public records request included the patient registration form for Identity Hormones, a Phoenix-based firm that claims to “understand the fluidity of gender and hormones.” 

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    Desert Mountain Student Earns Congressional Award

    Adelina Grotenhuis of Desert Mountain High School has been awarded The Congressional Award Silver Medal – the United States Congress’ highest honor for civilian youth.

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    Scottsdale Unified’s Support Services Revealed To Push Gender Identity On Student

    Parents have uncovered an SUSD Support Services newsletter from February 2021 that openly promotes the Gender Unicorn and additional gender-affirming services and events. The newsletter is available on SUSD’s website with open access to all students.

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    Scottsdale Principal Required Middle School Teachers to Attend Grooming Training

    Cocopah Middle School Principal Nick Noonan required teachers to attend a training on supporting and affirming LGBTQ+ ideologies in children. Email records show Noonan paid $500 in school funds for the two-hour training, “Safer Spaces,” conducted by the Phoenix chapter of Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

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    Listenwise is Indoctrination, Not Education

    The Listenwise blog reveals their chosen set of topics, which include: anti-racism, black lives matter, common core skills, culturally responsive lessons (the new name for critical race theory), equity, diversity, and transformative social emotional learning. 

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    Anti-Police Rhetoric In Scottsdale Schools?

    We would hope that the organization charged with educating our children, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), would not promote an anti-police theme, but that has been called into question. It has been revealed that SUSD has been promoting curriculum by the organization GLSEN that has a significant anti-police message.

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    Scottsdale Unified Accused Of Using “Unitown Club” As Cover For Gender Identity Propaganda

    At a time when parents are actively trying to steer their kids away from the District’s many Genders Sexuality Alliance (GSA) clubs, they must now put the Unitown Club on their list of must avoids. Critics say the “Unitown” Club sounds innocent based on the club description on the “To promote leadership, diversity, and understanding between students through discussion, dialogue and activities.” However, correspondence between District staff members appear to show that the program has an inordinate focus on gender identity and students’ sexuality.

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    Scottsdale School District’s Diversity Leaders Promote Drag Queen Storytime After Accusing Black DJ of Blackface

    After making waves for accusing a black DJ of blackface, Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) social justice professionals marched onward with their work. In the week following accusations from Scottsdale Parent Council (SPC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee co-chair Jill Lassen and SUSD Equity and Inclusion Committee member Stuart Rhoden against a black DJ for alleged blackface and the school of racism for hiring him, SPC DEI Committee promoted a “Drag Queen Story Hour.” 

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    Schools Must Focus On Academics And Stop Sexualizing Children

    Earlier this year GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) awarded Cocopah Middle School in SUSD the Sean Nonnenmacher GSA of the Year Award. Cocopah was the “first middle school GSA created in their district” three years ago.

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    Parents Say Critical Race Theory, Gender Ideology In Arizona Schools, Despite What The Deniers Say

    Parents and other stakeholders say that despite a mountain of evidence, there remains a large group of activists, along with the media outlets that support them, who continue to deny that teachers are bringing radical racial and sexual conversations into classrooms, without parental consent.

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    Scottsdale school district’s new PE resources produced by woke publishers, emphasize inclusivity and gender identity

    An Arizona parental rights group learned its local school district approved two physical education resources, published by organizations advocating for leftist gender and racial ideology.

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    OPINION: Scottsdale Unified Leadership Does Not Seem To Care About Student Achievement

    The staff presentation on pupil achievement at the June 6, 2023 Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board meeting was meant to give lots of favorable impressions. However, in doing so it left out a considerable amount of important data and spent too much time on unimportant details.

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