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Board to ponder calendar, Cubberley, new school

Original post made on May 27, 2013

As the Palo Alto school board approaches the touchy subject of determining an academic calendar for the school year 2014-15 and beyond, members will hold a special study session Tuesday, May 28, to discuss "calendar planning values."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 27, 2013, 4:38 PM

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Posted by PalyDad
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

The Weekly missed this important story: Web Link

I am not sure whether the Weekly's education reporter understands the importance of this issue, since the Mercury News covered the fact that Palo Alto is ignored the new "fee for learning" law several months ago. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

How about covering the fact that the district is making poor kids pay for stuff they are barred by law from charging for? That seems like a bigger and better story than a story that recites the school board agenda with no interviews, no quotes, and no reporting of any kind. But that's just me.

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Posted by J-school dropout
a resident of Southgate
on May 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

This paragraph seems almost deliberately obtuse: "But at least one school board member has expressed skepticism about the change, and the move has been strongly opposed by some parents. The board member who provided the swing vote for the 3-2 approval of the new calendar in May 2011, Barbara Klausner, is no longer on the board."

In fact, Camille Townsend and Melissa Caswell voted against the calendar change, and Heidi Emberling opposed it during the election. Townsend and Tom (who supported the calendar) got into a tiff about the survey data at the last board meeting. Why be so coy? You shouldn't have to already know the facts to understand the story.

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Posted by PalyDad
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

@J-school dropout. Also not appearing in this story is any mention of the fact that the other item on consent, in addition to the above-mentioned state-law-breaking fees, is the renewal and increase of Laurie Reynolds' contract as district counsel. Laurie Reynolds is apparently using PAUSD's evident disregard for the law as her own veritable gold mine, obtaining a 40% increase in her contract over last year due to the increase in matters and billings according to Cathy Mak (at the last board meeting). She charges us to dig the hole, and then to fill it in. Convenient. And only the bargain billing rate of $270 per hour! That makes PAUSD the golden goose, with its inability to understand or follow the law. Or maybe the golden fleece. One of those.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

"An early survey of students, parents and school staff indicated considerable satisfaction among high school students with the new calendar"

Actually, the survey showed "considerable" satisfaction among students, faculty, and parents for the new calendar. Between 65% and 90% of all respondents in each group preferred "finals before christmas", i.e., the new calendar.

So, I think the only real question is finding a way to start school a bit later in August...

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

We had a strange Memorial weekend. Our senior was on a high having finished and apart from a Sunday baccalaureate, he had no reason to go to school on Friday, and this week is party central. For our younger student, he had a weekend of study with the prospect of three hectic days of school.

Is this a normal Memorial weekend for Paly families with more than one student? Are we normally expected to attend school events on a holiday weekend?

I don't mind the studies for younger students - we have done that before. But why couldn't the rehearsal be on Friday rather than early this morning?

What do other families feel about this week of school?

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Posted by Marty
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

The board is always making the mistake of trying to make everybody happy. That is never going to happen in this town. And the parents keep screaming that they aren't being heard. They can't accept that they WERE heard just the decision went against them. They can't except not getting their way.

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Posted by Marty
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

In previous message replace "except" with "accept"

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Posted by sara
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Don't forget to fill out the Superintendent Survey! - It's open until June 4.

Web Link

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

@Paly Parent: One very good reason why graduation rehearsal couldn't take place on Friday is that many some senior classes were giving finals that day.

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