Town Square | Palo Alto Online |

Town Square

Post a New Topic

Sort by:  Most recent topic/comment   Most viewed   Most comments

Navigation tip: Clicking on any category label will display all recent posts in that category


PSAT at Paly; Why not day off for other students?

My son attended Paly on PSAT day (for Juniors) because the schedule for the other grade levels was 12:30-3:35, 55 minute...

Original post made by Parent on Oct. 17, 2019
There are no comments yet. 364 Views


Guest Opinion: Ravenswood's going in the right direction

While there may be tensions at the Ravenswood school district's Board of Trustees, it is important for the entire community...

Original post made on Sep. 27, 2019
Last comment by Concerned Community Member, on Oct 15, 2019 at 6:36 am | 5 comments | 3632 Views


Where have all the first-graders gone?

Our first-graders are missing! Throughout the Bay Area, and especially on the Peninsula, enrollment of first-graders has...

Original post made on Oct. 4, 2019
Last comment by Word gets around...., on Oct 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm | 96 comments | 16531 Views


In 'historic' settlement, Stanford agrees to revise leave of absence policies for students in mental health crisis

Stanford University has agreed to a "groundbreaking" settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action...

Original post made on Oct. 8, 2019
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Oct 8, 2019 at 7:13 am | 2 comments | 9615 Views


Commission calls on Palo Alto to stop 'terrible phenomenon' of vaping among youth

Palo Alto Human Relations commissioners are urging the city to control vaping among teens, just as the California Department...

Original post made on Sep. 27, 2019
Last comment by Anonymous, on Oct 5, 2019 at 7:53 am | 45 comments | 6809 Views


The cost of cellphones: Teachers, students, parents debate banning phones from classrooms

While there is no concrete proposal for a cellphone ban in the Palo Alto school district, there is both opposition and appetite...

Original post made on Sep. 27, 2019
Last comment by Member, on Oct 5, 2019 at 3:43 am | 30 comments | 20118 Views


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 | 5395 Views


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 | 13510 Views


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 | 3750 Views


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 | 25225 Views


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 | 3261 Views


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 | 2981 Views


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 | 5024 Views


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 | 3076 Views


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 | 7191 Views


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 | 3925 Views


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 | 5294 Views


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. 3760 Views


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 | 6683 Views


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 | 3815 Views
<< < 5 6 7 8 9 > >>
Page 7 of 221

Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

Fighting an 'uphill battle,' Palo Alto's longtime MacArthur Park to close until 2021
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 4,434 views

Do peaceful protests do any good? How about the more violent ones?
By Diana Diamond | 7 comments | 2,564 views

Traffic Lights for the Whole Family
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 2,008 views

Did a hedge fund just steal your EV rebate?
By Sherry Listgarten | 0 comments | 1,427 views

Tough back-to-school decisions
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 388 views