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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 Sikhs Get No Respect, 1 hour ago | 60 comments | 5809 Views

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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 | 3840 Views

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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 | 1738 Views

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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 member 1, on Jan 17, 2020 at 11:56 am | 62 comments | 7761 Views

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'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 @hurting, on Jan 15, 2020 at 6:56 pm | 26 comments | 9162 Views

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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 | 2174 Views

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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 | 3591 Views

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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 | 1049 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 1938 Views

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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 | 6995 Views

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'A silent reckoning': Stanford research illustrates mental health cost of school shootings for youth survivors

New Stanford University-led research has documented a "silent" cost of gun violence at American schools: a significant increase...

Original post made on Dec. 26, 2019
Last comment by Safety First, on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:53 pm | 3 comments | 3405 Views

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With school closures looming, Ravenswood district to hold series of public meetings

With declining enrollment putting increasing pressure on the Ravenswood City School District's budget, school officials are...

Original post made on Oct. 28, 2019
Last comment by Onitis, on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:07 am | 8 comments | 3624 Views

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Concerned about school safety? Join this new Palo Alto Unified advisory group

Palo Alto Unified is looking for teachers, students and parents to join its School Safety Advisory Group, a new group formed...

Original post made on Dec. 16, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Dec 21, 2019 at 11:21 am | 11 comments | 2775 Views

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What Does Stanford Have to Do With the Dismal PISA Results?

The latest PISA results are just out: US students’ average math score ranks 37th and below the OECD average. Not long ago,...

Original post made by See Sth Say Sth on Dec. 3, 2019
Last comment by See Sth Say Sth, on Dec 21, 2019 at 9:38 am | 28 comments | 1770 Views

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Holiday Fund: A summer camp where time-honored traditions meet fresh ideas

Hidden's Villa summer camp, one of the nonprofit's most cherished traditions, welcomed 215 children to participate in the...

Original post made on Dec. 20, 2019
There are no comments yet. 2351 Views

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In response to declining test scores, superintendent directs focus on middle school academics, particularly in math

Superintendent Don Austin has asked administrators and principals to evaluate academic policies and practices at district...

Original post made on Oct. 15, 2019
Last comment by Pangloss, on Dec 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm | 45 comments | 6292 Views

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Podcast: Fixing commissions; Middle school math

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's effort to reform its commission system and a proposal to dramatically shift how math...

Original post made on Dec. 16, 2019
Last comment by PAer, on Dec 16, 2019 at 10:32 am | 1 comment | 1817 Views

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Holiday Fund: Through the art of debate, students find their voice

Some debate programs revolve around the goal of winning tournaments, but for Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, it's all...

Original post made on Dec. 13, 2019
There are no comments yet. 2074 Views

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School board ready to fund more services for students with dyslexia

For the first time, the Palo Alto school district has concrete data on how many of its youngest students are at risk for...

Original post made on Dec. 3, 2019
Last comment by ChildFind, on Dec 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm | 21 comments | 4699 Views

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Stanford students press administrators in town hall on sexual assault

Stanford University leadership faced frank questions about sexual harassment and assault at a Tuesday town hall held in response...

Original post made on Dec. 4, 2019
Last comment by @Anon, on Dec 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm | 27 comments | 4013 Views
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