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Facebook donates $25 million for Palo Alto teacher housing project

A plan to build housing in Palo Alto for regional teachers and school staff has received a major boost: a $25 million donation...

Original post made on Oct. 17, 2019
Last comment by Scott, on Oct 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm | 17 comments | 6685 Views


New Gunn boys soccer coach believes in letting kids play

Vava Marques, the first-year boys soccer coach at Gunn, won't do any fitness training early. He'll encourage everybody, at...

Original post made on Oct. 17, 2019
Last comment by Let 'em play!, on Oct 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm | 1 comment | 1727 Views


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. 249 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 | 3056 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 | 13991 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 | 7956 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 | 5102 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 | 11532 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 | 4458 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 | 11963 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 | 3372 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 | 20681 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 | 2797 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 | 2675 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 | 4353 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 | 2680 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 | 6464 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 | 3314 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 | 4516 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. 3124 Views
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