@Edmund Burke, Thank you! and, The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.

@Emund Burke – Thank you for your thoughtful blog, for responding attentively to questions and  for providing a space free of content editing/censoring(?).

With all due respect, it seems to me that  at this point, analyzing the policies suggested by PAUSD is, unfortunately, a waste of your time. Your response to my question in your first post (link #1) verified to me that my understanding of the current situation is correct. I asked:

@Edmond Burke – few questions, if I may.
1. Do you know when PAUSD learned of the State Verification Review?
1.1 Am I correct to assume that you learned of this process on Oct 28, responding online to a commenter noting a compliance review, asking the commenter for details?

2. Was it reasonable for the general public to expect a prompt notice/announcement? Such announcement seemed to be a reasonable expectation after realizing that the OCR came to investigate, and settlements were drafted.
I want to thank, again, the family who came forward to the weekly with the OCR agreement.
2.1 If public announcement/notice was a reasonable expectation, and if PAUSD knew about the Verification Review before the Oct 8 board meeting, do you think that that board meeting was an appropriate time/place to let the public know? During that board meeting, several district officials addressed the board regarding Special education.
BTW – “Let\\\’s cheer” reported her/his impressions from that board meeting, noting Ms. Gaona Mendoza addressing the board. That thread was locked, completely.

Your response verified to me that basically PAUSD seems to be repeating the same pattern of not promptly disclosing an on going investigation to the public. The investigation du jour: CDE.

What’s next? a year long deliberation of what investigation is? What should the public know? Why should the public be informed? who is the public?

It seems to me that there is no way around the simple need for going back to basics. Transparency, accountability etc. Yes – back to the need for an impartial investigation that will spell out loud and clear all that went wrong. Or if not all, most, or at least some of what went wrong. Hopefully identifying the patterns that enabled those occurrences. A culture of best practices and trust can not emerge before such an investigation is performed, and the findings are presented in a simple way. Case after case (without personal details). A culture of best practices can handle exceptions that occur everywhere.

I posted just ten days ago my perspective of a backward process. Policies preceding findings. I did not know then, just ten days ago,  about the CDE investigation.

Your blog presents a very different approach to questions and perspectives. I hope you will be able to continue this way. I wish you were in charge back in July when the thread dealing with secret discussions by PAUSD Board, discussions about what seemed to be the possibility of challenging the OCR “Standing” in PAUSD was published. The title of the thread was:  “In secret, school board weighs not cooperating with federal agency” (link #2).  I think that this was one of the most important threads in the past 6 months. Unfortunately, many posts disappeared or were cut (mine included).   I posted on July 15 a short question: ‘I am confused – is it certain that the recent agreements with the OCR will be followed?”. The thread was locked immediately, made available only to those who log in. Several posters  started to post in an older thread which was not locked.  “Curious” ‘s thread relating to this issue was locked completely, very fast.  I am “rehashing” this, since it seems to me that the editing/censoring(?) impacts the visibility of the issues discussed.  Fear of retaliation was not admitted, publicly, just a year ago. This fear seems to be reflected anywhere relating to kids, logging in included.  I do not understand the considerations behind some of the editing/censoring.  It seems to me that the editing  practice supports the current PAUSD culture. The latest – informing about the CDE investigation, is just yet another example.

Here we are, only a year after the OCR investigation was NOT made public by PAUSD, realizing that another investigation is going on while PAUSD officials present to the board great successes, not mentioning the CDE .” Let’s cheer” noted that only Ms. Gaona Mendoza reminded the truth  (link #3). That thread was locked, completely.  Why?

I want to thank, again, the family who came forward to the Weekly with the settlement. I hope that your courageous act was not wasted. It seems to me that sadly,  so far the education system did not learn much. Sadly, since by  the end of the day  it is about children.


Link #1 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/blogs/p/2013/11/18/palo-altos-new-two-tiere-bullying-policy-will-kids-fall-through-the-cracks-part-1-of-2

Link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2013/07/12/in-secret-school-board-weighs-not-cooperating-with-federal-agency

Link #2 – http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/2013/10/08/special-education-head-reports-to-school-board-tonight

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