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Ken Dauber was endorsed tonight by the Paly Voice, the Paly Verde Magazine, and by Paly's beginning journalism students. Dauber was previously endorsed by the Paly Campanile. The Paly editorials can be read here:
Paly Verde: Web Link
"We commend Dauber for his commitment to promoting student wellbeing and the concrete actions he has taken to achieve his goals. He has, for instance, advocated for a PAUSD homework committee, worked actively to establish time limits for homework, founded parent group We Can Do Better Palo Alto! and pushed for the alignment of graduation requirements with California's a-g requirements.
Dauber also believes in making sure that "best practices" are implemented across the district, including the implementation of Schoology. We agree with Dauber's philosophy that board decisions should to be driven by data from quantifiable research conducted by the district, an approach that we believe will most accurately and efficiently determine what "best practices" are.
We applaud Dauber for his commitment to board transparency and accountability, as evidenced by his pledge to make all his communications with other board members public and to push for clearer board decisions."
Paly Voice: Web Link
"Ken Dauber has our support mainly for his stances on the achievement gap and student mental health. First, Dauber has focused more on closing the achievement gap than any other candidate. He plans to "advocate for investment in teacher professional development and curricular improvements to support differentiated instruction at all levels of the curriculum," according to Dauber's website. The Paly Voice believes that Dauber's commitment to helping underprivileged and minority students have a level playing field is a necessary next step in an already successful school district. Dauber also focuses on improving student mental health, as he was a co-founder of We Can Do Better Palo Alto, an organization whose goals include managing homework amounts, promoting Tutorials and Advisories and preventing the overlap of tests and projects for students, according to the We Can Do Better Palo Alto website. We think that this is important because having many tests and projects in the same day or week can be extremely stressful and does not leave time for students to pursue their passions. "
Beginning Journalism Students: Web Link
"Dauber has been a strong advocate for change. Unlike other educational advocates, Dauber was willing to take initiative. He formed the student advocate group, "We Can Do Better Palo Alto", in order to help increase student-well being. Due to Dauber's involvement in various programs aiding students, we believe his experience will allow PAUSD to implement new and refreshing programs that will decrease student stress."
Paly students 4 different publications join the Weekly in endorsing Ken Dauber as a candidate with great ideas for PAUSD. It is particularly heartening that the students have endorsed Ken's ideas and his efforts for change.
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