New PAUSD Bullying Policy Still Not Approved by Federal Government
Original post made by Curious, Fairmeadow, on May 1, 2013
Based on draft versions, the problem is probably that the district is refusing to comply with the settlement agreement's provisions (and California state law) regarding the use of the Uniform Complaint Procedure, because it conflicts with "site-based control."
The new bullying policy is scheduled to be discussed at the May 7 Board of Education meeting, but if it is not approved by OCR it will likely be pulled from the board agenda, for the second time.
Board members on the board policy review committee (Melissa Caswell and Camille Townsend) met on April 24 to discuss the issue and doubtless have more detailed information, but they are not sharing that with the public, and there has been no public discussion at school board meetings of the OCR review process. A closed session discussion of the OCR investigations by the school board that was scheduled for April 23 was cancelled "on advice of counsel," presumably because it would have violated the open meetings provisions of the Brown Act.
The Weekly has also complained to the Superintendent that public records requests regarding bullying have not been fully complied with, despite district assurances to the contrary (see Web Link).
In addition to the bullying item, the next board agenda will includes the new PAUSD Strategic Plan, which reaffirms the board's full commitment to transparency and public accountability.
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