While I totally agree that the OCR is not perfect, as it is a Federal agency with all that implies in terms of resources, etc., I think that the decision to challenge the OCR is a “deal breaker” when it comes to Public Education. This decision, especially when added to the secret meetings is a clear statement.
I hope you will consider my appeal.
Churchill led a Shadow government (Shadow Cabinet – Link #3)
Back in June, the PAUSD board decided unanimously to challenge the OCR – Office of Civil Rights (link #4). I think that even if you win this race with another like minded member, you will be in the minority and may need to comply with this decision which was made with questionable timing given the election date.
You will also have to comply with the Brown act. While I do appreciate this act, I think that in the current situation parents may hesitate to bring concerns to you since, being a minority on the board, you may need to share the parents’ concerns with Board members who’ve heard previous concerns and have possibly taken that info to the secret meetings which became public knowledge last summer (link #5).
There was discussion about the atmosphere and culture that enabled the actions of some individuals. It is not only about the specific individuals but about the culture of the PAUSD organization.
Many called for a “clean house”. How will the new Superintendent know what has happened before? How will he know what needs to be cleaned without outside input?
Given all we learned (and what we possibly do not know), I am more convinced now than before that an outside independent entity is absolutely needed.
You asked on the thread which suggested a real life Town Square (link #1):
“..:When people post anonymously they are, by definition, hiding something – I wonder why?…”
Palo,alto derives plenty of benefits from having SFO. Anyway, all these claims about air traffic in palo,alto are grossly exaggerated.”
– “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).
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.
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.
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).