What the Scottsdale school board apparently thinks of your kids.
Today’s pushback story is another follow-up of an earlier blacklist story that I posted in November 2021. At that time several parents with students in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) had discovered that the then school board president Jann-Michael Greenburg had, with the aid of his parents, compiled a secret Google drive containing personal information of 47 parents, including social security numbers, financial information, pictures of themselves and their children.
The discovery occurred because Greenburg had begun using this information to intimidate the parents — who had been protesting the school board’s mask mandates and the introduction of the racist critical race theory into the curriculum.
Three of those parents are now suing Greenburg, his parents Mark Alan and Dagmar Greenburg, and the Scottsdale school district.
The parents – Amanda Wray, Kimberly Stafford, and Edmond Richard – allege in the Marciopa County Superior Court complaint that the Greenburgs and the district conspired “to silence and punish dissenting voices and frighten away other potential speakers who might dare express an opposing point of view.”
Greenburg and his father reportedly kept a dossier on 47 parents who dared to speak out against his policies at school board meetings — a dossier complete with Social Security numbers, background checks, a divorce paper, mortgage documents, trade certifications, and screenshots of Facebook posts. The lawsuit claims that the defendants “misused District resources and what should have been private, protected parent communications to the District to retaliate against Plaintiffs for their protected speech.”
You can read the actual complaint here [pdf]. It is especially condemning of Greenburg’s father Mark, who led the effort to gather the private information, smear the parents, and intimidate them. This quote is particularly typical of his tactics:
Mark Greenburg literally wished death on those who criticized SUSD and Jann-Michael Greenburg. On July 7, 2021, Mark Greenburg recorded a video of a discussion on the SUSD-CAN Facebook page [put together by the dissenting parents] where he, among other things, stated out loud after coming across a comment by Edmond Richard criticizing SUSD policies, “I really want Edmond to die. I’ll be so happy. I’ll have a [expletive] party.”
There’s lots more in the complaint. Take a few minutes to read it. It will make you sick that these type of people were involved in setting policies for the teaching of little children.
The lawsuit demands restitution to the parents by the school district and the Greenburgs for violating the parents’ first amendment rights. It also demands a monetary judgement against the Greenburgs specifically for defamation and invasion of privacy, both of which caused financial damage to the parents.
Sadly, though Jann-Michael Greenburg resigned as school board president in November after the dossier was discovered, he is still a school board member. His term expires this year, but amazingly he is running again in November. In that election two seats are open, and there are already six others who have expressed interest. Expect some new faces next year.
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