@PalyDad (link #1) – Thank you for speaking my mind. Having written above that I do respect the editor’s prerogative to decide what posts to edit, I agree with you that “…Editing for content and viewpoint is a terrible idea.” There were many examples of such editing. I’ll note now the thread about the Paly gym donor (link #3) as an example. This thread was made available only for those who log in (which effectively stopped the flood of comments). I picked this thread also for reflecting the issue of community support. An anonymous Paly Gay student posted. Obviously, there was no way to know if that was a real student posting. The fact we cannot know if that was a real student does not change my perspective that an open thread would have enabled, hopefully, more expressions of community members’ support of the student.
I noted many times my belief that no real correction can start without knowing the past that set the current tone/atmosphere/culture. One example of the current culture that was not discussed until a year ago was parents’ fear of retaliation within the school system. I tried to present my perspective of this puzzle in many postings. My belief is that transparency is tied to accountability which is tied to a culture of free speech which is obviously limited by fear of retaliation. All this boils down to adults being unable or unwilling to speak out on issues that affect the well being of all children in PAUSD.