Peoria school district reins in disruptive public comments

Peoria Unified School District has pushed public comments toward the end of their meeting. The move comes after several months of the comment period being misused by political actors to espouse conspiracy theories, prayers, disinformation, and calls for evangelical Christian supremacy.

Heather Rooks failed to get a second for her motion to move public comments back to the meeting’s midpoint.

PUSD is the latest in a series of school districts that have implemented similar measures to address disruptive comments. Deer Valley and Paradise Valley School Districts also recently implemented similar measures.

The move marks an improvement to governance in a district long beset by political drama. Constituents who agree are encouraged to give comments of support to board members who supported the change (all except Member Rooks).

Becky Proudfit - - 623-512-2136

David Sandoval - - 623-313-5120

Melissa Ewing - - 623-670-4661

Dr. Bill Sorensen - - 623-512-2119

Scottsdale considering return to sex education

Scottsdale Unified School District has voted unanimously to explore the possibility of re-introducing sex education curriculum after a four-year pause.

A committee has been assembled to review, evaluate, and recommend instructional resources. The committee’s meeting will be public and the agendas will be posted 24 hours ahead. For information on dates and times, click here.


Anti-satanist and religious vaccine exemption bills move in Senate

SB1279, which would unconstitutionally ban satanic displays, has passed committee and may soon be considered on the Senate floor. Senator Juan Mendez (D-8) fought in committee to expose the discriminatory nature of the bill. Learn more about the issue during Mendez’s appearance on the Politics Unplugged podcast.

Also moving to the floor is SB1407, which would allow employees to claim religious exemptions to workplace vaccine requirements.

Find your Senator’s contact info here.

Impacted by anti-LGBTQ+ legislation? Share your story.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is working to bring stories to the state Capitol about how anti-LGBTQ bills have impacted constituents.

If you have a story that could be impactful for legislators to hear the next time they debate such a bill, HRC has created a form where you can anonymously contribute your story.  

Volunteers still needed to collect signatures for abortion amendment

Arizona for Abortion Access has launched the petition gathering effort to put abortion on the ballot in 2024. The “Arizona Abortion Access Act” would enshrine the fundamental right to abortion in Arizona’s constitution for generations to come. The amendment is critical to ensure abortion access in the state.

The campaign must collect 383,923 valid signatures from Arizona voters by July 3, 2024 in order to qualify on the ballot. Sign up to be a volunteer here.


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