SCOTTSDALE, AZ – 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.
The damage control appears to be too little, too late for mother of six, Amy Carney, and many other parents in the district, who are calling for Greenburg’s resignation.
“I am calling for the immediate resignation of our board president Jann-Michael Greenburg. We cannot allow anyone in a leadership position to secretly compile personal documents and information on moms and dads who have dared speak out publicly or on social media about their grievances with the district,’ said Carney, who is running for a seat on the Scottsdale Governing Board in November of 2022.
Scottsdale Unified School District Communications sent an email out on the evening of November 10 to assure all families that their data is safe. However, the district also solely blamed the discovered digital dossier site on Mark Greenburg, the father of SUSD Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg.
Even though Mark Greenburg is listed as the drive owner, Jann-Michael voiced in the SUSD Special Governing Board Meeting on August 17, 2021, that he shares a computer with Mark. Since Mark and Jann-Michael share a computer and a home, there is no way to know who is uploading files to the drive, say parents.
Parents say that despite his denial of any involvement, they believe there is evidence that Jann-Michael has complete knowledge of the drive and has shared contents to intimidate parents. Parents are calling that an “unacceptable abuse of power.”
“We request President Greenburg’s resignation from the Governing Board effective immediately for this and other recent embarrassments to our district,” concluded Carney.
The Google drive included information on parents from neighboring school districts and even included information on the popular conservative radio show host, James T. Harris.
Attorney Alexander Kolodin, of the Davillier Law Group, told the Arizona Daily Independent, “These allegations are deeply troubling, especially as concerns the photography of a minor child without parental consent and the taking down of license plate numbers of parents who Mr. Greenberg supposedly perceived as political opponents. Mr. Greenberg is an elected member of the school board. If such a photograph was taken with his express or tacit consent, he would potentially be liable for violations of Arizona’s Parents’ Bill of Rights, which recognizes a parent’s “fundamental” right to consent before the government makes a video or voice recording of the minor child.”
“In addition, it has been reported that Mr. Greenberg’s father undertook these acts while he kept his face hidden under a helmet and was wearing motorcycle gear,” continued Kolodin. “Both Arizona and the federal government have laws prohibiting both intimidation generally and voter intimidation in particular such as ARS Titles 13 and 16, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If these allegations are true, Mr. Greenberg and his father might be liable for violating one or more of these laws – though it is difficult to say from the limited facts that have been reported and they must, of course, be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”