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Leland's legacy: How a robber baron built Stanford and transformed America

A new biography from Bay Area journalist Roland De Wolk says Leland Stanford was a ruthless capitalist who cheated taxpayers...

Original post made on Feb. 20, 2020
Last comment by Sounds Familiar, 1 hour ago | 6 comments | 499 Views


Community college district asks voters for new tax, bond funds to upgrade facilities, keep education accessible

Vote-by-mail ballots for the March 3 election went out to Santa Clara County voters on Tuesday, including two Foothill-De...

Original post made on Feb. 8, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm | 95 comments | 6223 Views


At one Palo Alto school, long troubled by sexual misconduct, a new student advocacy group is born

A group of Palo Alto High students is working to educate their peers about sexual assault, consent and relationships -- education...

Original post made on Feb. 7, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous1, on Feb 16, 2020 at 5:45 am | 18 comments | 7025 Views


New high school to bring German, French and Chinese language instruction under one roof

Two local bilingual schools have partnered to open a new international high school that will offer German, French and Chinese...

Original post made on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by Patricia, on Feb 13, 2020 at 9:27 am | 8 comments | 3592 Views


No more A's and F's? Teachers experiment with 'standards based' grading

Reaction to the organic spread of standards-based grading that emphasizes mastery of skills over letter grades in Palo Alto...

Original post made on Jan. 31, 2020
Last comment by anonymous, on Feb 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm | 36 comments | 8246 Views


M-A honors their student-athletes on National Signing Day

Justin Anderson, who will be playing football at Washington State next season, was one of 16 Menlo-Atherton student-athletes...

Original post made on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous, on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:49 pm | 1 comment | 1993 Views


'This is how we improve as a district.' Report on D/F grades reflects progress for both students and Palo Alto Unified

A more granular monitoring of failing middle and high school students reflects a changing approach to using data, targeted...

Original post made on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by Yuri, on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:28 am | 14 comments | 3441 Views


School district announces 'bold' proposals to revamp middle school math

The Palo Alto school board will discuss tonight a plan to redesign middle school mathematics, including proposals to eliminate...

Original post made on Dec. 10, 2019
Last comment by See Sth Say Sth, on Jan 30, 2020 at 7:28 pm | 63 comments | 8570 Views


Families want Palo Alto schools to offer Hindi as a foreign language. The school district says it's complicated.

Palo Alto Unified parents are eager to work with the school district to offer Hindi as a world language at its two high schools. Read...

Original post made on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by This Is America...Speak English, on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm | 85 comments | 8093 Views


High school shakeup: Paly's Adam Paulson to resign, Gunn's Kathie Laurence to leave for district job

Both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools will lose their principals at the end of the school year, the district announced on...

Original post made on Jan. 24, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous1, on Jan 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm | 58 comments | 15164 Views


It's on again: Paly and Gunn will meet in a football game

Palo Alto and Gunn will meet in a non-league football game Sept. 4 at Gunn, the first time the two have played since 2012....

Original post made on Jan. 23, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jan 28, 2020 at 11:24 am | 2 comments | 1583 Views


School board to reflect on its own function, effectiveness

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday to reflect on its own performance and discuss how they can make...

Original post made on Jan. 23, 2020
Last comment by Independent, on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm | 6 comments | 1923 Views


'They gave us our child back.' How nonpublic schools serve the education system's neediest students

Twenty nonpublic schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties serve some of the education system's most vulnerable students...

Original post made on Jan. 10, 2020
Last comment by Pauline Navarro, on Jan 23, 2020 at 6:49 am | 27 comments | 10647 Views


Santa Clara County explores universal basic income for former foster youth

Santa Clara County Supervisors are looking into providing a universal basic income for young adults aging out of the county's...

Original post made on Dec. 15, 2019
Last comment by the comic at the cocktail party, on Jan 19, 2020 at 11:47 am | 6 comments | 4318 Views


Palo Alto district staff work to bring back some special-ed students

To address a rise in outside placements for students with special needs, the school district is creating new programs within...

Original post made on Jan. 10, 2020
Last comment by Still hurting, on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm | 4 comments | 2204 Views


School district sees overall improvement but also concerning performance by specific groups, state data show

The Palo Alto school board will review on Tuesday the district's performance on the California School Dashboard, a state...

Original post made on Jan. 14, 2020
Last comment by local parent, on Jan 15, 2020 at 9:53 am | 5 comments | 2501 Views


Ravenswood board votes to close Willow Oaks and Brentwood elementary schools

After a lengthy debate, the Ravenswood school board voted to move Willow Oaks Elementary students to Belle Haven Elementary...

Original post made on Jan. 10, 2020
Last comment by Mutti, on Jan 10, 2020 at 9:49 pm | 2 comments | 3953 Views


Spanish and French programs at Paly!

Why are they such a disaster? Mandarin and Japanese teachers are teaching well but the Spanish and French teachers are not...

Original post made by Parent on Dec. 19, 2019
Last comment by Anonymous1, on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:06 am | 25 comments | 1134 Views


Holiday Fund: Fit Kids Foundation levels the playing field through fitness programs

Fit Kids Foundation is helping children become energetic, confident, outdoors-loving enthusiasts with assistance from a $5,000...

Original post made on Jan. 3, 2020
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Redesign of middle school math elicits both enthusiasm and criticism

Palo Alto Board of Education members and some parents were largely enthused about district leadership's plan to overhaul...

Original post made on Dec. 11, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Dec 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm | 62 comments | 7848 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

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 March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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