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Arizona School Board President Kept Sensitive Personal Information About Protesting Parents, Documents Suggest

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More than 600 parents in Scottsdale, Arizona, are demanding the resignation of the school board chairman after a shocking revelation.

The president, or possibly his father, appears to have kept a file of 47 parents who dared speak out against his policies at school board meetings — a file complete with social security numbers, background checks, a divorce paper, mortgage documents, trade certificates, and screenshots of Facebook posts. .

“I would call this retaliation,” Amy Carney, a mother of six and candidate for the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) board of directors, told Fox News on Thursday. She said, “The list of parents targeted by the drive seems to include everyone who has spoken out publicly or online about something against our district.”

Fox News has examined the file, but is not making it all public to protect the privacy of the parents involved.

Carney told Fox News that more than 650 parents have signed a petition demanding that SUSD chairman of the board, Jann-Michael Greenburg, resign in the wake of the scandal.

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The Scottsdale Independent first reported on the “Greenburg Files,” a comprehensive opposition research-style dossier of parents speaking at school board meetings on issues ranging from COVID-19 restrictions to critical race theory. Greenburg reportedly unveiled the digital file — stored on Google Drive — in August, when he emailed resident Kim Stafford a screenshot of an image of the drive.

Scottsdale School Board Chairman Jann-Michael Greenburg

Scottsdale School Board Chairman Jann-Michael Greenburg
(Scottsdale Unified School District)

The Google Drive shows four people associated with the account: Mark Greenburg, the president’s father, owns the drive; Jann-Michael Greenburg; a person with the email address of SUSD Board Member Zachary Lindsay; and a woman from Scottsdale who has yet to be identified.

Mark Greenburg and SUSD respond to requests from Fox News for comment. The National School Boards Association, of which SUSD appears to be a member, also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

“I categorically deny having anything to do with this,” Jann-Michael Greenburg told the Independent. He did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Lindsay also denied any involvement in or knowledge of the drive. He told the Independent that the email address is a personal one of his, but it currently has 160,000 unread emails.

Despite Greenburg’s denial, the active link to the site went private around 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 after the Independent called the family. Furthermore, parents have said that Greenburg’s Facebook profile and website have disappeared.

The file contains 18 folders labeled CAN-Network, a reference to the Community Advocacy Network, a parent group founded last year to advocate for personalized learning and against mask mandates. It refers to parents as ‘crazy’.

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The file also includes videos of a man taking pictures of parents and children in the hours before a school board meeting. “Somewhere here we have a private detective who writes down all their records,” says the man in the video. “They don’t know it’s me … I covered my license plate.”

Parents protest during a school board meeting in Scottsdale.  Photo courtesy of Amy Carney

Parents protest during a school board meeting in Scottsdale. Photo courtesy of Amy Carney
(Amy Carney)

Parents also emphasized a video from the file where a speaker says, “I really want Edmond to die. I’ll be so happy, I’m having a fucking party,” referring to a rowdy parent who has sued Greenburg for defamation.

The petition calls for the “immediate termination” of Greenburg.

“There is no legitimate purpose for any of these background checks, deeds, marriage certificates, financial records, professional certifications and more to be compiled, stored and shared in such a manner by Mr. Greenburg,” the petition states.

Amanda Wray, an administrator of the CAN Facebook group, argued that Greenburg was engaged in cyberstalking. Under Section 13-2923 of the revised Arizona statutes, anyone found guilty of cyberstalking can be fined up to $1,000 per violation and sentenced to one year in prison.

Arizona House Rep. Joseph Chaplik also called for Greenburg’s resignation.

“As a parent in Scottsdale and community member, I am calling for Jann-Michael Greenburg’s resignation,” Chaplik said in a statement. “Evidence of his cyberstalking and spreading a list of enemies should be the last straw for his fellow board members and I expect them to join this call.”

Shiry Shapir, a mother of three and candidate for SUSD inspector, also called for his resignation.

Shiry Shapir, a candidate for Superintendent of Scottsdale.

Shiry Shapir, a candidate for Superintendent of Scottsdale.

“They’re not on the same side as us,” Shapir told Fox News in an interview on Thursday. She recalled a hot-mic situation where Greenburg twice said, “Jesus damn Christ, you people,” during parental public comments.

“I think he knows his time is up,” Shapir told Fox News. “I think, come tomorrow, we’re going to hear something. There will be a criminal investigation,” she predicted. “I hope our Attorney General does something about this. He must.’

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment at press time.

Shapir saw the stalking behind the Greenburg Files and added wryly, “And we are the domestic terrorists?”