Open address to Ken Dauber – PLEASE, reconsider forming a Shadow PAUSD Board.
Original post made by village fool on Dec 17, 2013
I addressed you back in March calling on you to form a PAUSD Shadow Board Web Link.
To be clear, by "Shadow Board" I mean an external, unofficial committee which will review and monitor the official school board's activities and input from the public. (Shadow Cabinet Web Link).
I am writing to you now, asking you to reconsider my appeal. I'll try to explain my rationale for asking you again. All that I wrote in my March Address still applies.
I addressed you in March when many community members assumed that some kind of investigation committee would be formed to look into the PAUSD issues. I wrote my March Address assuming that such a committee was not about to be formed. That is really water under the bridge.
My March Address was the result of my wish to see an outside "check" (as in checks and balances), my wish to see attention to moral and ethical issues that may impact all the children. My desire is to enable clarity and accountability vs. the apparent ongoing cover up actions.
Obviously, I could not foresee any of the events that presented themselves afterwards. I'll just mention a few things that have since come to light: info about secret meetings to check the feasibility of challenging the OCR's jurisdiction, keeping a new investigation out of the public eye, having committee discussions in violation of the Brown Act, etc., etc., etc.
A Shadow Board is a very unusual suggestion. I think that at this point in time, when so many seem to have lost trust in the leadership, there is really nothing to lose. I am suggesting to form a Shadow Board comprised of members that you respect and trust. Several names were mentioned back in March. I do realize that should the community respond to your call to come forward with info about incidents, implementing all I suggested in March is a full time job. I am thinking that the board might investigate few test cases and bring visibility by listing the rest. I think that community members who support your cause will be willing to volunteer to handle the administrative issues that such an operation calls for. Looking back, Eileen 1, for example, comes to mind. I do not know her.
I think that if community members respond to your call as the leader of such Shadow PAUSD Board, and come forward, trusting you and your board's judgment, trusting you and your board to keep the children's details private, some patterns may become clear.
I think that a clear statement is called for. A statement that does not define policies without looking into reality. A statement that all children are important. A statement of real interest in What is going on here????
I hope you will consider my appeal
(I posted the above on my blog - Web Link)
on Dec 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Can this really be done? If Mr. Dauber cannot become the shadow,how can we elect someone else. I think this will bring positive changes in our education system that at this time is out of control
on Dec 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm
@Great Idea - Thank you for noticing this tucked away thread.
As to your question - I "borrowed" this idea from other governments. It is about a "Check", as in Checks and Balances. That is a position that traditionally is filled by the Opposition, the losing party. That was the reason I addressed Mr. Dauber who ran for a PAUSD Board position. In any cAse, there are no defined rules as to how this can be done here.
I do hope that Mr. Dauber will consider my appeal.
on Dec 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm
I believe a majority of Palo Alto voters made it rather clear in the last Board elections that they don't want Mr Dauber running our schools. I doubt that they have changed their minds. We just don't want education in our district watered down.