Webcast: Charter school expansion debate; downtown office cap repealed | News | Palo Alto Online |


Webcast: Charter school expansion debate; downtown office cap repealed

In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, Palo Alto Online has lifted its pay meter and is providing unlimited access to its website. We need your support to continue our important work. Please join your neighbors and become a subscribing member today.

Weekly journalists delve into the Ravenswood City School District debate over a charter school's expansion proposal; recap Palo Alto's move to allow more commercial development downtown; and discuss Gov. Gavin Newsom's new vision for California's high-speed-rail project.

Watch the webcast here or listen to the podcast version of the episode here.

Subscribe to the new "Behind the Headlines" podcast

We now have a podcast! Listen to Behind the Headlines while you're on the go by downloading free episodes of our new podcast, now available through Apple or Google Play.

Webcasts are posted every Friday afternoon on PaloAltoOnline.com, as well as on Palo Alto Online's YouTube channel, youtube.com/paweekly.

Check out previous weeks' episodes in the "Behind the Headlines" archive.


Follow the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online on Twitter @PaloAltoWeekly and Facebook for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?


4 people like this
Posted by Clarification
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 16, 2019 at 1:12 pm

I usually loved Elena's articles, but this time I have to make a clarification: The last deadline is April 1st, not March. It was very clear that the decision was taken on Monday, February 11, Special Board Meeting in front of the audience, and that meeting, the Board President mentioned that she was not going to close a school or displace Ravenswood students to make room for KIPP, nor she was going to agree to spend millions of dollars to add portables to the Aspire Charter School. The majority of the board members agreed with her. I think Elena was there because the next day there was an article about it, I am confused. Therefore, I am wondering why would Elena think that the decision was taken in closed session. Probably she has a lot on her plate to remember everything people say or do.
One more if Ravenswood School District improves, parents would take their kids back to Ravenswood when the Ravenswood School District improves or changes, but not at this time when the superintendent treats the teachers and principals so bad and retaliates against them. After she removed the Belle Haven Principal and Pulido renewed her contract regardless of the parents outcry, many good teachers from that school left, and many parents moved their kids to KIPP. Some of those parents were very happy when they heard that KIPP will be at Belle Haven because they could return to their home school but under new different leadership. Belle Haven Parents have gone through a lot, the DO even called the police on them when they protested the removal of the best principal they have had.

2 people like this
Posted by Elena Kadvany
education reporter of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Feb 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

Elena Kadvany is a registered user.

Clarification: Thank you for your comment. You're correct: The deadline for the district's final facilities offer is April 1, not March 1.

We did not state that any decision was made in closed session, rather that the board could have potentially discussed the preliminary facilities resolution under an anticipated litigation agenda item on Feb. 14. While the board discussed ideas and asked staff to bring back proposals on Feb. 11, the fully fleshed resolution was not publicly available until Feb. 14. Our discussion about that starts at 7:47 in the video.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay up to date on local coronavirus coverage with our daily news digest email.

'A devastating impact:' The coronavirus claims Clarke's Charcoal Broiler, Mountain View's oldest operating restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 22 comments | 7,769 views

The first few seconds after awakening; before I remember the virus
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 3,263 views

Can you stay healthy without making more trash?
By Sherry Listgarten | 6 comments | 2,645 views

Think about helping others in our coronavirus-affected area
By Diana Diamond | 6 comments | 2,475 views

Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19
By Douglas Moran | 16 comments | 1,898 views



The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details