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Plan to address achievement gap must be more refined, trustees and parents say

Original post made on Jan 10, 2017

The Palo Alto school board and community members urged district staff on Tuesday to move a draft plan to reduce the Palo Alto school district’s achievement gap away from a "checklist of actions to be taken" to a more refined, data-driven document that keeps high level goals in mind.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:31 PM

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Posted by Gunn community
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

john_alderman is a registered user.

Sara Woodham's comment was interesting, and goes to the core of the issue, not the schools, but the parents and culture.

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Sara Woodham, co-chair of parent-advocacy group Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), noted that her African-American children are included in statistics about black students in the school district, but aren’t among those who need targeted support.

“Whenever I look at the underachievement of black families in the district, there are not that many of us. If I peel out my kids … and other kids that i know who are doing fine because their parents are well-educated and can do oversight, that statistic is actually a whole lot worse for another set of kids,” she said.


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