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Palo Alto Unified to opt out of state exam due to coronavirus concerns, becoming first district in state to do so

The Palo Alto school district announced Monday that it will be opting out of state testing due to concerns about the spread...

Original post made on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by Johanan, on Mar 12, 2020 at 9:37 am | 75 comments | 23815 Views


Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?

Anonymous Confessions pages offer young people a place for unfiltered expression. But they also raise questions about censorship,...

Original post made on Mar. 6, 2020
Last comment by Jon Keeling, on Mar 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm | 11 comments | 6137 Views


Errors in federal reimbursement, employee ratios to cost Ravenswood $24K

The Ravenswood City School District will pay just over $24,000 for financial errors uncovered in an annual audit in part...

Original post made on Feb. 25, 2020
Last comment by Concerned Mom., on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm | 19 comments | 2637 Views


Voters back bond measure for community college district while parcel tax falls short

Unofficial election results show a Foothill-De Anza Community College District bond measure with sufficient votes for approval,...

Original post made on Mar. 4, 2020
Last comment by Nvrijn, on Mar 6, 2020 at 1:15 pm | 3 comments | 6148 Views


With current textbooks 'obsolete,' Palo Alto's middle schools to get new science materials

The Palo Alto school board will discuss on Tuesday a committee's recommendation for a new middle school science curriculum,...

Original post made on Feb. 24, 2020
Last comment by member 1, on Feb 27, 2020 at 9:26 pm | 13 comments | 4381 Views


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 Stanford vs Trump University, on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm | 8 comments | 1479 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 | 8462 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 | 4070 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 | 2271 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 | 3993 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 | 9373 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 | 16118 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 | 1784 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 | 2019 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 | 12104 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 | 4748 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 | 2582 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 | 2664 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 | 4224 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 | 1222 Views
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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 April 10, 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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