http://paloaltoonline.com/square/print/2013/10/18/public-agenda-parking-exemptions-calendar-advisory-commission-urban-forest-master-plan


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PUBLIC AGENDA: parking exemptions, calendar advisory commission, urban forest master plan

Original post made on Oct 19, 2013



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Posted by Summer School, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Board of Education the Summer School report: This Summer School program excluded many students from the free summer school education provided to others. The report lists as "strengths" Special Education inclusion. That is not accurate. Special Education students in neighborhood schools were not allowed to have services they had during the school year. If a child needed an aide during the school year, it would not be provided in summer, so the child would fail. Regular school year teachers tried very hard to reach summer school office to ensure children were placed correctly and to find out who the principal would be. Too bad they had to read it in the newspaper after summer school ended. Teachers were told only Special Education would talk to them, but Special Education is so difficult to reach and unresponsive that it effectively kept kids out of summer school.
Summer School under this model was really only open to two groups: children not in Special Education who needed no help, and to special education students with severe disabilities who needed special classrooms or special help. All the other Special Education students in the middle were blocked out of Summer School.
Registration was unfair and depended on being in the right school during the school year. Senior managers went to some schools on the first day of summer school registration and helped families at these schools enroll. They did not provide this help fairly to other schools, excluding students from the free summer education. Hope the Board of Education will provide more oversight this time and make it is fair to all students.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

Look out common core requires a new elementary math text adoption for 2015. Math wars on the horizon.