* Why would anyone who had a bad experience in a school come forward?
Thinking of Palo Alto High as an example  - reports as to the health based reasons of the ex-principal’s departure were not questioned for many months. Could a student or adult be confident that any concern would be heard?
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The facade that all was great was kept for many months….
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* Why was “Doubting Thomas” censored? (just an example).
The following was removed from “doubting Thomas”  comment (link #1):
“… Do you have a viable solution or,is it just ” paloalto,is,special and should not be disturbed by anything? Shall we close SFO?

Palo,alto derives plenty of benefits from having SFO. Anyway, all these claims about air traffic in palo,alto are grossly exaggerated.”

The facade that all is great cannot even be mentioned?
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And, I have started to list the threads which were locked completely. I’ve listed those in the page I dedicated to these issues (Before & After, Link#3).  Obviously, it is a very partial list. The trigger for this list is the thread titled “More PAUSD turnover” (link #2) which was heavily censored. I have not yet posted all of the occurrences I noticed.
Due to my timing constraints, this initial list of locked threads does not include the threads which were started by “Curious”. I’ll try to update the list soon.
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It so happens that my comments were the reason for the locking of a few threads.  I have shared my perspective on the locking of the thread titled:”In secret, school board weighs not cooperating with federal agency” here (link #4) and  my perspective on the locking of the thread titled : “In-depth report: How a federal inquiry is changing the way schools respond to bullying”  here (link #5).
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I did not write my take on the locking of many other threads. I guess why they were locked is anyone’s guess.

for example:

– “Why is Town Square So Out of Sync With Dominant Free Speech Norms of the Internet; or, is this Forum Not a Forum Anymore Due to Heavy-Handed Editing of Posts” (link #6)

– “A plea to Village Fool” (link #7).

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California’s court ruled that  teachers’  tenure is unconstitutional.   Does this ruling apply also to PAUSD’ principals/assistant principals/other officials?

It is my understanding that some district officials are tenured after two years. I do not know if this is resulting from the fact that those officials are credentialed teachers. I posted my question on a thread relating to this issue (link #1).  BTW – I posted yesterday parts of the reasons for which I do not agree with the court decision. My question, above, about the principals is not disconnected from my understanding the reasons that the court decision will not solve the real problems.

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Is there any way to know what is the new PAUSD’s superintendent stand as to  the PAUSD board’s decision to  approved a resolution set to challenge the OCR?

While the new superintendent’s first day of work is more than a month ahead, the community/media were invited to meet him (link #2). An open reception was set before the last PAUSD board meeting prior to summer break. I do wonder if the media or other asked him, and what was the answer. I think it is a fair question.

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What % of teachers/parents/students  responded to the survey (of PAUSD teachers/parents/high school students)?

PAUSD published some survey results.I have many more questions. I posted few questions on the thread letting us know of the survey (link #3).

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Link #1 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/06/17/educators-ending-tenure-no-magic-bullet#comment_form

Link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2014/06/16/public-invited-to-meet-new-superintendent-tuesday

Link #3 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/06/15/survey-probes-school-satisfaction-levels

 

 

PAUSD board is planned to pass a resolution challenging the OCR -  Office of Civil Rights (Link #1).
Obviously, many questions are called for. Questions related to the many details discussed,  and questions related to the bigger picture. I’ll try to address some of those soon.
While PAUSD’s Board will vote tomorrow, I decided to respond to the ruling as to  the teacher’s tenure now. (link #2).

I’ll try to explain why I think that teachers’ tenure ruling  is directly related to the ongoing PAUSD Saga, and why I do not agree with the court’s ruling, and yes – I do think that many problems can be solved with an appropriate approach to the teachers’ contract. And no  – this issue is not disconnected from my previous observations and beliefs that the solution is pretty simple, no legal education is needed.
With all due respect, I do not agree with the court’s ruling.  I do agree that the current situation results in many problems that mostly impact those who are less affluent. I doubt that going the court’s way will resolve those serious problems.
Thinking of PAUSD, I actually think that the court’s ruling will make “things” worse, will give more power and influence on the kids’ well being  to some of  those  who seem not to care at all about the children or the tax payers’ $.
I do believe that teachers have  huge impact on everything, and addressing their issues appropriately can resolve many of the problems public education faces. Seems the tenure did not produce the desired results.
I think that the solution can be found in the colleges and universities. Letting the teachers have even more security in their position and giving the teachers real academic freedom should raise the expectation that  the teachers will speak up about any wrong they see.

BUT – serious clean up is called for as well as agreements as to best practices and what is right?
Well, none of this can happen before a serious impartial investigation takes place to spell out the details that unnecessarily and negatively impacted children.
I think that there is no way to have any correction without spelling out the wrongs. Rehashing.
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@Edmund Burke -
Back in March,  I took the liberty to ask you to view a Palo Alto district case that made it’s way to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). I asked you to analyze  (the details that were made available to the public) using  the “bullying policies” I suggested. “My” suggested bullying policies  are simply  the teachers’ code of ethics.  (Link #1).

Obviously, back in March,  I could not have foreseen any of the info that’s become available since.

Back in March (long long time ago) I wrote:

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I found the California Teacher Association Code of Ethics (link #3). Within this, I believe we have the fundamental basis for bullying polices and best practices.

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Preamble:
“The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurture of democratic principles. Essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards. The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching process….”
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It seems to me that this code says it all. Covers it all.

While I do realize that this ethical code may not  be  sufficient, legally,  I am  very curious to know your insight as to where, if at all, any of the code of ethics was violated in the cases the OCR checked (the cases that have been made available to the public)
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What say you?
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Dear Edmund,
I hope you do not mind me addressing you by your first name.

I want to thank you, again, for taking the time to educate us in an extremely caring and down to earth way. Knowledge is power, or at least should be.
I also want to thank you for providing a space free of censoring. I am wondering about the results of the  CDE (California Department of Education)  review, and I do not even want to mention the unfolding of the bullying policies.

A new manifestation of the online censoring appeared yesterday. I kind of got used to being “edited” – comments cut and [portion removed] indicating the point of removal, having my comments “deleted” completely without a trace left to indicate that I ever posted, etc.

Yesterday was the first time that my comment was censored and there was no indication left to mark the fact that the moderator “edited” my comment. I assumed it was a “glitch” and I requested the moderator to note where my comment had been edited.
BTW – my comment asked some questions about  the process of selecting the new Palo Alto High principal last year, especially given the fact that the community was not aware of the circumstances behind the departure of the previous principal.

I copied part of a post made on my blog about a week ago.  My reference to my blog was removed without indicating that the moderator had changed my comment. While I do realize that references to my blog are  not welcome on PAOnline, I would like to comment that my blog is part of my response to comments on PAOnline being “deleted” many times, giving me no way to respond.  I decided to try to find a place where my comments cannot be deleted this way.  I commented many times, I started several threads trying to address the censoring until I reached the conclusion that I need to think of an alternative.  Also, others’ comments refer to their blogs, and their references often remain intact.
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Again – Thank you!
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village fool
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Below is my yesterday’s comment as I originally posted (link #1). The comment cannot be found anymore. The “story” of this comment can be found in Before & After – (link #2):

Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
22 minutes ago
@Chill Pill – The following is part of my recent post:

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When the new principal of Palo Alto high was announced last year, the Weekly published an article titled: “New Paly Principal Knows Her Way Around Campus” (link #8). Again – the second part of the broom quote comes to mind.

The following is a partial list of questions I asked myself, particularly in light of the recently published allegations around the prior principal’s actions and his subsequent demotion.

I do hope that these questions were properly considered:

1. Was Ms. Diorio aware of the sexual harassment allegations that were investigated by PAUSD officials before those became a cause for PAUSD official’s investigation?
1.1 – If Ms. Diorio was aware of the allegations:
1.1.1 Where did she take the info?
1.1.2 – If she was aware, and did not forward the info, why didn’t she? (Was it because she was afraid of retaliation?)
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1.2 If Ms. Diorio was not aware of the allegations -

1.2.1 Was she approachable to the woman who felt harassed?
1.2.2 How come she was not aware?
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2. Streaking, campus culture, etc. sampling -


The above copied from my blog- Web Link

I wonder if you think that these questions are called for, especially given the fact that the community was not aware of the circumstances behind the departure of the previous principal?
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Blog Housekeeping -
This note is heads up  for those who signed up for email delivering of my postings  – Thank you!!!!
 

I have listed many times my thoughts about the ongoing censoring on PAOnline, which is “… an important area for discussion within the community about the power of censorship in shaping and biasing the discussion on Palo Alto issues….”  – Anonymous (link #1).  I related more to this issue here (link #2), among many other places, and obviously on the page I dedicated to Before and After” censoring/editing.

I am planning to comment here, posting, instead of using the “Ongoing” page  which I initially  dedicated to this purpose.  This may result in more frequent postings (depending on the events) – I wanted to give you a fair notice. I’ll try and see. 
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And –
Here are some thoughts related to recent news and comments posted both on the thread letting us know of the new Gunn principal (link #3), and the thread that listed a letter to the editor about the recent news as to Palo Alto high. (link #4):
The news of the new Gunn principal had me think of the broom quote I listed on the title. Without getting into any specific details regarding the new principal  (who I obviously do not know), having a new broom may totally make sense when a serious cleanup is called for.  A “new broom” can bring new fresh perspectives, free of the local habits formed over many years and taken for granted.
Many have called for an independent investigation into PAUSD practices. Such an investigation seems less likely than ever.  My estimation of the magnitude of the cleanup called for caused me to address Mr. Dauber more than a year ago, calling on him to form a Shadow PAUSD Board (Link #5), and ask him, again, on December 2013 to reconsider my suggestion (my blog – link #6.1, Palo Alto online – Link #6.2)
My perspective of the magnitude of the work called for to cleanup reminds me of Hercules, thinking of his choice as to the best method to clean the stables. Nobody wants to go the way Hercules went, or to throw out the baby with the bath water.
 I am still convinced that the bigger picture calls for a serious investigation of past events.  I suggested that the past decade be reviewed in my “objectives” for the PAUSD Shadow Board since I am convinced that some patterns were established well before the last Superintendent and all need to be identified. 
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The letter to the editor titled “Modeling Bad Behavior” (listed  in Link #4) caused me to think of the second part of the broom quote which I listed in the title. This letter deals with the story about the ex-principal of Palo Alto High.  (I did relate to teachers’ personal modeling in another post relating to the thread that brought us the news about PAUSD Board’s  secret meeting – link #7). 
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When the new principal of Palo Alto high was announced last year, the Weekly published an article titled:  

“New Paly Principal Knows Her Way Around Campus” (link #8).  Again – the second part of the broom quote comes to mind. 
The following is a partial list of questions I asked myself, particularly in light of the recently published allegations around the prior principal’s actions and his subsequent demotion.  I do hope that these questions were properly considered:

1.  Was Ms. Diorio aware of the sexual harassment allegations that were investigated by PAUSD officials before those became a cause for PAUSD official’s  investigation?

1.1 – If Ms. Diorio was aware of the allegations:
1.1.1  Where did she take the info?
1.1.2 – If she was aware, and did not forward the info, why didn’t she? (Was it because she was afraid of retaliation?)
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1.2 If Ms. Diorio was not aware of the allegations - 

1.2.1 Was she approachable to the woman who felt harassed? 
1.2.2 How come she was not aware? 
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2. Streaking, campus culture etc. sampling - 
2.1 Did Ms. Diorio think that a clothes-optional school is a blessing to this community?
2.2 If she did not approve of the streaking occurrences, where did she take her concerns before she was promoted? What did she do about her concerns?
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Basically, if any of the allegations published about the prior principal are correct, did Ms. Diorio roam around campus with her eyes/ears/mouth closed?  And if so, why?

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OK, I’m game. Kind of.

Obviously, I am not Edward Snowden (quoted, link #1).
Last Friday, I again tried to post a comment on the thread titled “In-depth report: How a federal inquiry is changing the way schools respond to bullying”  (link #2):
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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
39 minutes ago
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This article/thread was published on Friday, June 14th, 2013 – almost a year ago.

On June 17th, 2013 I wrote, above: “… I think of the Federal investigation as the first, alarming lab result. Transparency and accountability will be the first signs of change. I must be missing something.”

On January 15th, 2014 I wrote, above: “…I am sorry. I did not understand.
My questions – How a federal inquiry is changing the way schools respond to bullying? What have changed?”

I am sorry-
I still am missing something.
And I still do not understand How a federal inquiry is changing the way schools respond to bullying? What have changed?

This comment was removed several times in the past week. I cannot understand why. On Friday, the thread was locked completely. I can no longer post there that I do not understand.
This comment can be found now on a page I dedicated to Before & After (link #3).
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JLS mom of 2′s quote on the title of this post  -”OK, I’m game. Editor, why did you remove the words…” –   can be found, as well in the page I dedicated to the editing censoring (link #3).  JLS mom of 2′s comment was removed  from the thread dealing with the ex-Palo Alto high principal (link #4).

 

In my previous post (link #5), I detailed my take on shutting down the thread that informed us last summer about the secret meetings set by the PAUSD board.
The thread, “In secret, school board weighs not cooperating with federal agency” (link #6), was locked completely after I tried to follow up with “symbolic teacher”,  “Never been so Disgusted”,   who posted on the thread way back in July when it was first published.
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Several times I have shared my perspective that this article is one of the most important articles published in the past few years. It contains extremely important info. I am grateful to the Weekly for providing this info.
I mentioned this article (link #6) last week in the thread dealing with ex-Palo Alto High principal. “JLS mom of 2″ responded. The following is part of our online dialog (link #4):
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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm
village fool is a registered user.
@JLS mom of 2 – Thank you for the info, and for suggesting to sit down.Here is a thread started back in July, dealing with PAUSD Board’s secret meetings - Web LinkAssuming the info you provided is correct, do you think that transparency is within reach?
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Posted by JLS mom of 2, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm
JLS mom of 2 is a registered user.
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@village fool. Thank you for bringing up that issue and linking that earlier thread.It is very enlightening to reconsider those events in light of what we know now about Winston.
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June 3, District receives notice of OCR Title IX investigation of Paly…..

September 30, District again asks OCR to abandon its investigation
The timing and the knowledge of what was happening behind the scenes regarding Winston raises serious questions…
This was originally interpreted by some members of the community as being related to Mitchell’s libertarian and anti-government views…But it now seems far more likely that Mitchell just wanted to know whether it would be legitimate to somehow try to prevent OCR from finding … A question about that is raised by the timing of these events, certainly.We really need transparency and the sooner the better.
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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:03 am
village fool is a registered user.
@JLS mom of 2 – Thank you for your detailed response!

As far as I recall, the info about PAUSD Board’s secret meetings became known to the public back in July totally coincidentally.

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” – Ian Fleming

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And here are some additional thoughts from Edward Snowden, copied from link #1. There are more.
“Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest.”
“…I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.”
“The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”
“Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest.”
“The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things…”
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Link #1 - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-edward-snowden-quotes-about-u-s-government-spying-that-should-send-a-chill-up-your-spine
link  #2 -http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2013/06/14/in-depth-report-out-of-the-shadows

Link #3 - http://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/editing-before-and-after/
link #4 - http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2014/04/11/ex-paly-principal-disciplined-for-harassment
Link #5 -  http://villagefoolopenboard.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/never-been-so-disgusted-cutting-the-mike-on-the-thread-about-the-pausd-shcool-boards-secret-meeting-and-controversy-equalizes-fools-and-wise-men-in-the-same-way-and-the-fools-know-it/
link #6 - http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2013/07/12/in-secret-school-board-weighs-not-cooperating-with-federal-agency

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