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SCHOOLS & KIDS

School district settles Gunn High sexual harassment case for $150K

Palo Alto Unified will pay $150,000 to a female Gunn High School student who the district determined was sexually harassed...

Original post made on Sep. 25, 2019
Last comment by Missing details, on Sep 27, 2019 at 10:24 am | 5 comments | 4776 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

State will likely cite Palo Alto Unified for too many students of color in special education

Palo Alto Unified will likely be cited by the state this year for having a significantly disproportionate number of Latino...

Original post made on Aug. 28, 2019
Last comment by Inside Observer, on Sep 26, 2019 at 9:01 pm | 99 comments | 12733 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board tables proposal to change two-meeting rule

It appeared that there was majority support on the school board to change its two-meeting approval requirement to the exception...

Original post made on Sep. 11, 2019
Last comment by Classaction, on Sep 24, 2019 at 10:35 pm | 12 comments | 3539 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Top-ranked but 'viscerally' disappointing: New book details one family's challenges in Palo Alto schools

Teru Clavel, a mother with a masters degree in comparative international education, has sharp criticism for the Palo Alto...

Original post made on Sep. 13, 2019
Last comment by Back to basic, on Sep 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm | 87 comments | 23238 Views

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Five things to know now about California's new vaccine law

California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids...

Original post made on Sep. 16, 2019
Last comment by Rev. Beecham, on Sep 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm | 6 comments | 3009 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Should the school board's two-meeting policy be the exception rather than the rule?

The Palo Alto Unified Board of Education's two-meeting rule is treasured by many community members for ensuring transparency....

Original post made on Sep. 9, 2019
Last comment by Samuel L., on Sep 13, 2019 at 9:59 pm | 15 comments | 2805 Views

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With $3.5 million donation to Ravenswood Middle School, foundation signals optimism about new leadership, direction in district

The Palo Alto-based Peery Foundation is donating up to $3.5 million to pay for additional staff, academic support and enrichment...

Original post made on Sep. 12, 2019
Last comment by Humble observer, on Sep 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm | 6 comments | 4687 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Destructive Innovations and PAUSD's Achievement Gap

Dear neighbors, For those who ponder why finding a math tutor has been a perennial topic on our Nextdoor, and who are...

Original post made by See-sth-say-sth on Sep. 1, 2019
Last comment by Get Smart, on Sep 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm | 27 comments | 2907 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Palo Alto Unified special-education director to leave

Palo Alto Unified's director of special education, Alma Ellis, is leaving for a job closer to her home, the district announced...

Original post made on Aug. 26, 2019
Last comment by pa, on Sep 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm | 6 comments | 6739 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Disney quizzes, star-athlete interviews help young patients smile again

Opened last October, Sophie's Place Broadcast Studio host live shows for children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford,...

Original post made on Sep. 7, 2019
Last comment by Kristin Foss, on Sep 9, 2019 at 11:11 am | 1 comment | 3598 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

After trustee questions, school district decides not to renew contract with controversial law firm

When the school board replaced a controversial law firm Lozano Smith in 2017, board members expected their former attorneys...

Original post made on Jun. 14, 2019
Last comment by Toast, on Sep 6, 2019 at 6:40 pm | 41 comments | 4791 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Stanford announces new approach to counseling services to better serve students

As the start of the new academic year approaches, Stanford University is changing how students receive counseling services...

Original post made on Sep. 6, 2019
There are no comments yet. 3400 Views

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Palo Alto elementary schools begin new year by jump-starting on goals

Palo Alto Unified's 13 elementary schools returned to class on Wednesday, kicking off both new priorities and continued focus...

Original post made on Aug. 14, 2019
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm | 5 comments | 6152 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Webcast: The state of the Ravenswood school board

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss tensions between Ravenswood City School District board members and the implications...

Original post made on Aug. 31, 2019
Last comment by Also Concerned, on Sep 2, 2019 at 9:24 pm | 3 comments | 3158 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Police arrest Gunn High student who made alleged school shooting threat

Palo Alto police arrested on Thursday evening a 14-year-old Gunn High School student who allegedly threatened a school shooting...

Original post made on Aug. 30, 2019
Last comment by Old News, on Aug 31, 2019 at 3:02 pm | 21 comments | 14804 Views

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Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure...

Original post made on Jul. 8, 2019
Last comment by resident, on Aug 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm | 17 comments | 6096 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School is in session and prep football is finally at hand

After all those weeks of practice, that elusive target, once shimmering like a mirage under the hot summer sun, is finally...

Original post made on Aug. 29, 2019
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Aug 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm | 1 comment | 2407 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and...

Original post made on Aug. 18, 2019
Last comment by OH GOODNESS!, on Aug 29, 2019 at 11:25 am | 10 comments | 4817 Views

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Paly, Gunn students join national movement to lower voting age

Students at both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools are mobilizing to demand that their voices -- and their votes -- be recognized...

Original post made on Aug. 28, 2019
Last comment by Great Idea, on Aug 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm | 5 comments | 4328 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School district raises questions about Palo Alto's intention to renew Cubberley lease

The city of Palo Alto and school district's joint effort to redevelop Cubberley Community Center has hit a bump, with questions...

Original post made on Aug. 19, 2019
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Aug 26, 2019 at 7:16 am | 23 comments | 6405 Views
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