Town Square

Post a New Topic

Palo Alto native, graduate announces bid for school board

Original post made on Jul 7, 2020

Katie Causey, a Palo Alto native, Palo Alto Unified graduate and nonprofit employee, announced on Tuesday that she's running for a seat on the school board in November.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 2:49 PM

Comments (10)

5 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Good luck, Katie Causey:
I have been saying for 38 years that attending Palo alto unified school District schools was one of the greatest blessings of my life. So it’s great to know a young person is committed to keeping it that way.
I don’t believe there has been an out of the closet LGBT person elected either school board or city Council. Not sure it is a benefit other than if it means the candidate is sensitive to people who feel marginalized Which I would hope for in our leaders.
I support giving youngsters the vote.

5 people like this
Posted by Good luck!
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Good luck! Although knowing how she identifies as LGTBTQ makes absolutely no difference to me rather than her policy issues. a

3 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Posted by Good luck!, a resident of College Terrace

>> Good luck! Although knowing how she identifies as LGTBTQ makes absolutely no difference to me rather than her policy issues.

I would like to know how she is with budget spreadsheets. Knowing Excel wouldn't make her an interesting candidate, but, not knowing Excel would leave her undefended against evil forces who use obfuscated data to further their agendas. One of those things you have to know if you want to engage successfully in bureaucratic infighting.

5 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2020 at 5:33 pm

I always thank those putting themselves as willing to run for school board.

I hope that sexual identity does not become an issue. There are plenty of issues that should be addressed and I look forward to finding out more of her views.

2 people like this
Posted by JustSayin
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2020 at 11:08 am

#Mark Weiss
Its LGBTQ. Not LGBT. Proofreading is your friend.

13 people like this
Posted by Sally
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 8, 2020 at 5:32 pm

We need to get PAUSD parents on the board, in my opinion.

As an unpaid position, parents are our only path representatives with direct skin in the game, and also folks who see the daily PAUSD reality with their own eyes... the good, the great, and the could better.

3 people like this
Posted by Local parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2020 at 5:56 pm

An interesting fact I came across recently. Calls to suicide prevention have risen since the start of the pandemic, but actual suicides are down noticeably, as compared to same time last year here in SC county. (I think it's a national trend but don't quote me on that.)

Are people more likely to seek help if they are home?
Is there something about home that makes suicide prevention more effective?
Is there a difference between this year and last at the hotline?
Have other changes because of the pandemic compensated for the increased stress of the pandemic itself?
Would things have declined anyway without the pandemic?

So many things factor into whether people act on the impulse, it would be very interesting indeed to know if this is a national trend and how we could use that to maintain the decline.

Katie Causey, I'd love to see you run against Mark Berman. The local politics are soul sucking. You'd be an asset in Sacramento.

13 people like this
Posted by Skeptical Susie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm

I’ve looked at her work experience. Although she identifies as an advocate for the community, I don’t see any experience IN schools - whether that be classroom teaching, aiding students as a paraprofessional, or working in administration where she can see how principals execute and operate.

In my opinion, and you are free to disagree with me, I am looking for candidates who have had experience in schools. The structure of policies that trickle down from State, County, and City decisions affect our parent community, teachers, and children. The power lies in our hands — we must critically assess each candidate so our voice is heard. We’ve shouted, we’ve petitioned, yet somehow the Board doesn’t advocate for us. So the analysis and scrutiny of each candidate begins.... Vote wisely.

10 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 8, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Lack of experience in the classroom? When did being a Board of Trustee at PAUSD become a stepping stone to being a career politician and beginning point to start one's career? Can we please not have someone with some relevant experience run for PAUSD Board of Trustees?

Someone please tell me of the many members of Board of Trustees at PAUSD, which one has children in the district, is a fellow parent and experienced and understood the frustrations the PAUSD parent community went through this pandemic crisis when it was poorly managed? Who has skin in the game?

Some districts have superintendents and board of trustee members who have children in the district and are vested. When there is skin in the game, there is a whole paradigm shift.

2 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:37 pm

Good Luck to you Katie!
It would be nice to see what your stand is on Current real issues that PAUSD Is facing.

We have seen the pathetic response of PAUSD by lower the standard of education to an absolute minimum in the so-called crisis learning
While other school districts around us have pulled up their socks and care for their children’s future, PAUSD has decided to forget the 80% of mainstream students who need to be taught by teachers. Not just watch videos!!!

No one who has skin in the game ie is a parent in the school district is willing to run cause they know that it will impact their child’s education.

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


Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.

Get important election coverage sent straight to your inbox daily.

Is there a polite way to say "Too much plastic"?
By Sherry Listgarten | 25 comments | 3,922 views

Community catering: How one SF Malaysian restaurant is delivering food to Peninsula neighborhoods
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 3,160 views

What I will remember about Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Diana Diamond | 5 comments | 1,911 views

A Rainbow After the Storm
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 910 views

Premarital and Couples: See "Buck" for Couple's Tips
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 663 views


Benefiting local non-profits

The 36th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, October 2, wherever you are! Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local non-profits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon.

Register Today!