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)