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Palo Alto unified settles Title IX case

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Posted by Still Hurting
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm

I am glad to hear the family will get some closure, but why is this just Title IX compliance?

I still do not see that the district has come to terms with the long-term and very damaging retaliation, and the toxic environment that created for other kids not in the area of Title IX.

We actually told the last superintendent that if we could take a restraining order out on one administrator, we would, because of the retaliatory behavior (that we could prove). Yet that person was only given more (and sole) authority moving forward, and was able to commit further acts of intimidation, retaliation, and poisoning the well to create a truly toxic and unhealthy circumstance for our whole family, not just our child. The attempts to gaslight and undermine us were not limited even just to people within the school district, although that was bad enough and has ramifications to this day.

That person has only recently left the district, but is still in local education - and other influenced administrators remain - so we do not feel safe to pursue a complaint*, even though to this day, it affects our child’s education (who has a right to go to the local school but refuses to even go test there because of the fear and negative experience). *(While we have not pursued a formal complaint, we have tried to talk to some current board members about it and don’t see how it’s been any different than past board members like Townsend, in some ways, they’ve been worse now about it.)

I know people in the district read this and I know they know about others who have experienced and complained about retaliation — stop trying to sweep it under the rug. The nature of retaliation requires going into the past with an eye to truth and reconciliation. I do not think the district can extricate itself from this rotten culture if it does not make an attempt to proactively pursue dealing with the retaliations that were also part of its toxic culture that resulted in so many civil rights violations and the awful way it responded.

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Posted by The Public Interest
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm

The district, which the federal government found to have repeatedly violated federal and state law in its handling of sexual misconduct almost two years ago.

The district did not disclose this incident to the federal law enforcement agency which was investigating it at the time this incident was reported.

The current Paly principal was the point person for this incident, according to the family, and was thus part of the mishandling of this incident, along with the just past prior Paly principal. Yet he was promoted......

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Posted by Don't do anything extra
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 16, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Great job PAUSD School Board and District! --- What a great commitment to compliance and civil rights you've shown by promoting the Assistant Principal who didn't follow the law in handling this incident to become principal of Paly! Does that serve our students? No, but it serves the union's goal of no accountability...

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Posted by A Common Coverup
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 16, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Curious. What happened to the individual who committed the assault?

That person should be sued as well.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Yes, the low person in the chain stayed and is now the principal. Meanwhile, the principal, compliance officer, and superintendent are all gone, presumably under pressure. So it seems like the leaders were held accountable for this incident and a pattern of related mis-steps. That seems like a good thing to me. The idea that the district was somehow too lenient or insufficiently diligent because the person four levels down is still around seems off.

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Posted by Accountability?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Accountability? is a registered user.

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Posted by Don't do anything Extra
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

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Posted by Parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm

My read of it is that the employee was inadequately trained and supervised, which is why the superiors were held responsible. You usually don't use the leaders as "fall guys" to protect a junior person who hadn't even been with the district very long (a year?). I can only imagine the howling if Paulson were fired and the others retained!

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Posted by Accountability?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 16, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Accountability? is a registered user.

They ALL should have been fired.

Paulson DEFINITELY should not have been promoted.

You don't really believe the lack of training excuse, do you?

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