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More PAUSD turnover

Original post made by Better or worse on Jun 17, 2014

Some surprises in the board packet for tonight. RESIGNED for another position: Bhavna Narula after one year as a Terman assistant principal, CHANGE OF STATUS [portion removed]: Gunn principal Katya Villalobos and assistant principals Kimberly Cowell and Trinity Klein, Villalobos to the adult school and Cowell and Klein to the classroom, and coordinator of student services Tammy Zigler to the classroom.

Anyone know where Narula went and why? Is the change of status for Villalobos, Cowell, and Klein related to the alleged PAEA vote or no confidence in Villalobos, or was it against the entire Gunn Administration? Or did the new Gunn principal have the option to pass on Cowell and Klein? [Portion removed.]

This is a lot of turnover and I would think that this, Kevin Skelly's last board meeting, is the last round of surprises that we have to go through, except that this being an election year might bring us bad news after the election, just like 2012. There is something critical not being revealed.

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Posted by transparency please, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Better or worse,


"There is something critical not being revealed."

I hope not! These administrators need to get their act together. If the students were as low performing, this would be an even bigger mess.

Now, IF there was something wrong, why doesn't somebody provide a report to the community instead of shocking us later.


Posted by Gunn dad, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Didn't Doctor Skelly wait until after the election to tell about the civil rights fine?


Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2014 at 5:50 am

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Posted by Scurvied, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

This district is certainly in a state of flux! Hope these employees don't slam the door on the way out!


Posted by that stapler, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2014 at 3:30 am

Gunn has now new principal and two assistant principals. New leadership. I wish the new leadership all the best.

Did PAUSD make any public notice to let the public know if the new leadership is a result of a wish to correct any issues?

If any issues were identified as needing correction, what were those issues?

Or it is just a coincidence that Gunn happens to have a new principal and new two assistant principals?


Posted by boingo, a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

Mrs. Narula announced she has taken a district level position in Milpitas. This would be considered a promotion and a "fast track" for her.


Posted by Better or worse, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

Good news for Narula, maybe. A promotion for Narula would have to be a high level in the Milpitas district office, perhaps director or above. If she's just the new coordinator of literacy, then I wouldn't portray that as a promotion. Then there is the obvious issue of PAUSD retention of administrators. The turnover is too high. Many bought Skelly's excuses in 2010 when a whole bunch of principals and other administrators left PAUSD. Look it up. Since 2010, it has become rats fleeing a sinking ship, instead of the other way around. Bringing in a rather unremarkable principal from Gunn from Wisconsin and a Leadership Associates hand-picked superintendent from Illinois does not scream destination district. It seems that PAUSD is the hot potato in the ACSA circles. Before Skelly, that was not true. Compare the salaries of PAUSD and other districts and you'll see PAUSD is still a leader in that area, but if you count the administrators that have been part of the turnover, it's hard to ignore this crisis. Also, have we lost the quality administrators and been stuck with the others? I suspect that it was in Narula's interests to avoid any more Terman-PAUSD-OCR stink to her fledgling brand, kind of like when a few administrators announced their departure last June, and remember that we didn't get the real information on some of them until 2014. That is happening again. If I were a betting person, I would bet we'll find out more in the winter--after the election. In the meantime, let's see if other districts can pick up one or two of the cabinet-level administrators during the June hiring season. We are running out of time.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm


I thought coordinator of student services was Brenda Carrillo? I was really hoping to see her name on this list, she has from my observation quietly been behind a lot of the problems involving the (agreed) woefully underperforming special ed leadership.

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Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

@village fool,
"I cannot see any mechanisms of checks and balances within the public school system. "

Exactly! i.e., the local control which they say they wish for doesn't exist.

The mechanism to get it is this: The Board has the power to change its own procedures to allow more local control, i.e., family control. Let them put their money where their mouths are, study how to best give families more local control, and change their procedures so that families have more power. None of this with the OCR would ever have happened if families weren't made to feel so powerless with the district. Families need more real say than a few minutes speaking to the hand at Board meetings. Again, if this is really about local control, the Board should walk the walk and change their procedures to grant it.


Posted by It Just Keeps Going On, a resident of Mayfield
on Jun 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

@Gunn Dad Yes, Skelly waited until after the election to bring out the "skellyton" of the OCR citation. That was coincidentally after he managed to negotiate a contract extension for himself. Hmmmmmm......He was "too embarrassed to tell the Board that we had been cited. My Bad! Oh well, not to worry because the Board did nothing to investigate what went wrong. They did nothing to make sure that we were not going to have someone at the helm that thought he had no responsibility to be open and transparent. Hmmmmmm............what next?


Posted by Better or worse, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

Kevin Skelly is no longer the superintendent. Today's superintendent is Scott Bowers. Why wasn't Charles Young chosen to serve as the interim superintendent?


Posted by you couldn't pay me enough, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Perhaps he didn't want to. Would you?


Posted by Mole hill, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Barb Mitchell said they considered both Dr. Bowers and Dr. Young and picked Dr. Bowers because he had more time in his schedule to take on extra duties. It is only for the month of July.


Posted by boingo, a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Dr. Bowers has been with the district for 20+ years and is very capable of managing for the month of July. Also, what does a Superintendent do during the month of July?


Posted by More confused, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

@boingo,

Are you joking, or do you really not have any idea of how much work happens over the summer to prepare for the coming school year?


Posted by Better or worse, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

July is a very busy month for Scott Bowers. That Barb Mitchell said something or that Tabitha Hurley wrote it doesn't equal a completely honest answer. In many districts, the Associate Superintendent would serve as interim, especially if it were just for a month, so it is strange that he was not selected to do it. Let's say that he chose not to do it. Just as strange. Remember that a year ago we were being told that Phul Winston had been thinking about his health so he became a teacher. It wasn't until this year that we found out some truth. Of all the turnover in PAUSD during the Kevin Skelly years, it's hard to believe that Young has received a contract of three more years, yet wasn't chosen to step in at the top for a mere month.


Posted by Observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

@Better or worse,
Or they may just be closing ranks. Charles Yoing is the antithesis of someone who can think on his feet, or learn on the job, but he's very good at internal politicking. There's probably a lot of internal CYA before the new guy gets there.


Posted by can't blame skelly this time, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

"This is a lot of turnover and I would think that this, Kevin Skelly's last board meeting, is the last round of surprises that we have to go through, except that this being an election year might bring us bad news after the election, just like 2012. There is something critical not being revealed."

Since they all knew that Mr. Skelly had resigned and several of them applied for one of the open principal jobs, my guess is not getting promoted or having to deal with the overzealous parents.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

@can't blame skelly,

"Overzealous parents" -- that's rich.

Parents in this town are involved and giving, it's one of the things I love about the public schools here, and if you don't see that as an asset, there are places you can go where parents are never involved the administration would give their eye-teeth to have such caring and intelligent parents.

I hope the new guy will try to cull the administration for this kind of negative and counterproductive attitude towards families. Even when you have a few difficult people, diplomacy usually works better than a bad attitude and circling the wagons against all parents.


Posted by you couldn't pay me enough, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

I don't think she was referring to the "involved and giving" parents.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

@You couldn't pay,
In case you hadn't noticed, this is a public school system. There will be all types. But generally, the parent population in this town is super nice, involved, with high standards. Clearly, that doesn't work for some people (Charles Ypung). Unfortunately, we are paying those people a great deal, so instead of realizing it's a bad fit, they are as denigrating of what really is the most amazing parent population as you are. That's destructive. I hope our new administrator will be ready to come in with his own people and ferret out that attitude. It creates conflict where there could be collaboration.


Posted by can't blame skelly this time, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

@observer,

I am sure that you are one of the caring parents, so sorry for any offense you may feel, but if you actually stopped and listened to what the staff and teachers have to go through on a daily basis then your might understand that there are a fair share of parents who are self serving.

At a high school conference between a teacher, student teacher and myself, I was told that they allow 15 minutes of time for the meeting. At the meeting we discussed the issue. I asked their opinion and when they were finished I talked about my impression and then my student's impression on what was going on. We ended up having a great conversation for 25 minutes. When I asked about the timing, they admitted that it was a pleasure to actually have a conversation and a strategy meeting rather than a "typical Palo Alto parent" meeting. They had been prepared for a very different meeting which they were not looking forward to having.

You can make you own conclusions. I think that teachers have a very tough job and many deserve more respect. I am one of the involved and giving parents and I believe that my opinion is important but is just that-- an opinion.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

"but if you actually stopped and listened to what the staff and teachers have to go through on a daily basis then your might understand that there are a fair share of parents who are self serving."

I also think teachers have a tough job. I hope they realize parenting is a tough job, too, I think most do.

Parents aren't the professionals in the room, though, teachers are. Interactions between humans are malleable, and if teachers are just responding to the ones they don't like by developing a bad attitude you have expressed towards all parents by the segment you think are objectionable, they are either not getting that professional development or even contributing to the problem.

Parents need to advocate for their kids. In this Atlantic Monthly article geared to basically telling parents to back off, they still point out that advocating for getting the kids to a good teacher is worth it (or hopefully in a district like this, ensuring all teachers are good), as well as especially "pesky parents" getting involved to make the school itself a better place. Web Link

Those kind of pesky parents who are willing to stand up to make our district better seem to get the most criticism, and they are exactly who pushes to make things better when they aren't right, the teachers don't usually challenge the status quo, neither do administrators.

The point is not that we should expect either to be perfect, but that a spirit of goodwill goes a long way. You express a pretty negative attitude there. You can change a lot just with a better attitude. Believe me, I know something of the tougher parents. I just have a bigger view of human nature and schools elsewhere. We have it easy here. It's always good to put things in perspective -- and realize what power there is to change things.

Skelly was pretty good at making the staff feel like he was on their side, but terrible at working with parents. An effective administrator has to be able to do both equally well, especially in such a high-performing district. That can't happen if administrators have such a negative attitude towards parents (like Charles Young).


Posted by you couldn't pay me enough, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

Charles Young has no problem with the parent population that is super nice, involved and have high standards. Your're looking at the wrong people.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

Charles Young has no trouble with anyone willing to smile pretty and overlook his incompetence. But I'm afraid the kind of nice "pesky parents" who make the school district improve as described in this Atlantic article, he wouldn't categorize as nice because they'd make him DO things. Then he puts 10 times as much work into complaining about those parents. He's very good at that, so good, it's hard to see what else he does.

At district level, you really get to deal with everyone, and the problems. You're right, Charles Young has no trouble with people who let him coast. But that's not what we need at the district office. There, you don't get to choose to serve people or act like a vengeful petty bureaucrat depending on whether you think they are nice, but I'll grant you, he does that. He'd get a lot more niceness if he was actually competent and had a spirit of working with even the "pesky parents", nice or not.


Posted by you couldn't pay me enough, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

Ok, so we've gone from the "parent population that is super nice, involved and have high standards" to "those pesky parents" and we know who they are. You're getting there.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

@you couldn't,

Read the Atlantic Article. The term "pesky parents" is a term they use almost fondly both to conjure the negative attitude of those in school administrations who just don't deal well with parents (such as yours above), as well as the necessary attribute of persistence and sometimes peskiness in order to get things done for the benefit of the kids. They are saying that "peskiness" is a desirable thing.

The premise of the research-based article is to tell parents to back off when it comes to helping their kids with homework, but it concludes by saying that one area where involvement does work is when those "pesky parents" make districts better by fighting for better teachers, schools and resources, for example. Exactly the kind of parents Charles Young does not deal well with -- and would deem "not nice."

Just because people are "super nice" does not mean you should expect them not to stand up for the kids in the face of poor performance. There's a saying: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Whether the heat is "nice" or not is a matter of perspective. The focus should be on the quality of the food, though.

In this week's Weekly, there's an article about how our local TheatreWorks has survived and thrived when other arts organizations have struggled. In analyzing the success, the interview quotes director R Kelly:

"... Silicon Valley, with its do-it-yourself ethos, spirit of entrepreneurship and highly educated, cultured population has had a profound influence on TheatreWorks.

"The New Works Festival, he says, is reflective of the 'underlying spirit of the Silicon Valley and what's going on here. It's a sense of creativity done in collaboration. There is this very palpable sense that the audience is part of the process — because they are.

"...Furthermore, Kelley adds, the 'professionalization' of the region has resulted in a population that expects 'the highest quality of everything,' and TheatreWorks has been doing its best to deliver."

Kelley could have easily excused himself that rabble-rousing Silicon Valley audiences were not cultured enough, were too "pesky", critical, "not nice" enough anymore, the equivalent of what our administrators at PAUSD have been doing when faced with "pesky" parents. Instead he embraced the high standards, critique and collaboration in a way that improved the art form, the organization, and contributed to its success.

People like Charles Young fundamentally do not see the world or parents that way and end up resentful and creating conflict where there could be collaboration. In Young's case, it's because he seems incapable of rising to the level of those standards and prefers to cover that by criticizing parents who try to ask him to.

Am I not nice because I think our schools should expect the highest quality of everything? If that's your perspective, then please, by all means, go somewhere else where the traditional paternalistic model of education is still desired. I think most parents in this area like leadership that sees the value of "pesky parents" who hold our schools to high standards and are willing to put a great deal of money, time, and care into seeing that happen. How much more energy are these parents with high standards willing to put into our schools than a local arts organization, and how much more could a spirit of collaboration rather than the denigrating, negative attitude you have expressed, achieve?

Relationships are malleable. Embrace the collaboration and critiques become welcome and constructive rather than just rotten tomatoes (and sour grapes). Again, from my perspective, the parents here are pussycats. Bring in the right leadership, and the potential here for what we could do in our schools is limitless.


Posted by Sorry... But you're wrong, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I understand how you think how nice and kind Palo Alto Parents are. It's true. Many of them are nice, kind, giving, supportive.

Until there is an issue with their student.

If they didn't get their first choice elective... If they got a B+.... If they plagiarized a paper and now have consequences... If a teacher did not update grades by Friday... And so on.

I've heard them all. Until you've walked the length of campus in the shoes of a PAUsD administrator or teacher, you really have no idea what Palo Alto Parents are like.

And keep in mind, those are the usually well behaved and supportive Palo Alto Parents. We haven't even begun to talk about the very challenging Palo Alto Parents, probably only about 15% of the total. These parents have no clue how destructive they are to their child's true education. That's why there's a 15 minute meeting rule - because we have say in on multi-hour meetings, dealing with the wrath of Palo Alto Parent insanity.

But most Palo Alto Parents are great most of the time. Very generous and supportive.

But "observer", take it from someone on the inside, you have no idea what our day looks like and why we understand why so many of our colleagues go back into te classroom or leave the district all together. Your posts about Mr. Young, whether valid or not, show exactly what I refer to above.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 2:12 am

@Sorry .. But YOU're wrong,

First of all, to what did you refer? You've insinuated something negative but it's not even clear what because you've used multiple anonymous names and never admitted to being an administrator as you finally have here. You wrote, "take it from someone on the inside, you have no idea what our day looks like and why we understand why so many of our colleagues go back into te [sic] classroom or leave the district all together."

So you are an administrator. To what colleagues are you referring? Phil Winston? Bill Giordino?

You've complained about how terrible parents are with teachers, then said your day as an administrator is so bad, your colleagues go back into the classroom to teach. Huh?

You can't choose the parents in a public school district, but we choose administrators. We have multiple administrators in this district who make more money each than the governor of California, before perks. I can't think of a single one of them whose responsibilities or headaches comes even CLOSE.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 2:35 am

I don't even know how to respond to what you have written. Who gets 15-minute meetings or any teacher meetings after 5th grade? Speaking as a PAUSD parent, I thought there were no more teacher meetings after elementary school. That has been our experience.

I only wish our family had the luxury of even dealing with such banal things as you complained about. Not that we would ever complain about any of the things you have mentioned, nor have we ever met anyone who did. I'm not suggesting it doesn't happen, but THAT'S what you think, from what you admit is a minority of parents, makes parents here so bad? And entitles you to tar everyone who is trying to make the district better with a broad and dismissive brush?

You do know this is a public school system, don't you? And that being a teacher means dealing with people? That being an administrator means you get to deal with problems? Compared to the public schools I attended ... I do think the teachers here are great, but I'm trying very hard to be understanding of what is coming across as you whining that this place isn't more utopic than it is. (What?! Overprivileged parents demanding we close the achievement gap, start a collaboration with Foothill, actually meet the standards promised in the bond measure, or bring in a more challenging math program?! How dare they!!) Or whining because those "pesky parents" don't just let you take home a CEO's salary for what a lot of administrators in other districts would see as a sinecure?

I'm pretty sure very few of the parents you deal with have been involved in serious violent crimes or make you feel like they or their children might imminently be, even as you shell out money from your own pocket for basic supplies to try to educate them in noisy, disrespectful classroom environments. I'm guessing you've had to deal with far fewer pregnancies, multiple abortions, and rapes among the middle school girls. And it's very clear you've never had to deal with the ultra-wealthy truly overprivileged parents in exclusive private schools where the affluenza-spoilt kids really aren't smart or hardworking like the kids here.

Sorry, but if teachers are unprepared to deal with such problems you described from such a minority of parents (as you have admitted yourself), you administrators need to put some of the millions you put aside (from the self-voted taxes of the generous parents you criticize) for professional development into helping teachers. We used to have teachers' aides in every classroom and now teachers have to manage everything on their own, which I'm guessing makes those things seem worse. That's a problem that needs addressing, not a reason to attack all parents with a broad brush, or me either. Nor does it have any bearing on whether my criticisms of an incompetent administrator are valid, as you seem to imply.

It's not beside the point whether Charles Young is incompetent. You should try walking in the shoes of some of the families whose lives, children's lives, are hurt because of his incompetence and petty vindictiveness when people try to stand up for their kids. Are you suggesting there is never any reason parents need to stand up for their kids?

I would point you back to that article about TheatreWorks. This is Silicon Valley. If you don't like parents who are willing to -- mostly pretty politely and intelligently from what I see -- stand up and try to make things better and hold the district to high standards, and pay you more than the governor of California to do it, then you need to find a district with a with a more traditional, paternalistic structure. We should probably be paying LESS, not so friggin much, because we attract administrators who want the money and will dig in against parents even when the administrators are incompetent and hurting our kids, in order to keep the money. There are people for whom the spirit of innovation, and dealing with parents who have high standards and want to collaborate, is a unique and desirable thing.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

I agree with "sorry" and I am a parent in this district. Opportunities and a healthy foundation does not mean you have a great parent community. Plus, "sorry" is right - it does look like you have a vendetta against Mr Young based on your previous posts. Once my last child graduates in three years, it will be a relief.


Posted by Accountability , a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

I have noticed that Charles Young's name seems to pop up in these threads, but you have to admit that it is at least debatable that the school board should have not renewed his contract last month instead of gifting him three more years. [Portion removed.]


Posted by you couldn't pay me enough, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

Yes, he should still be here in PAUSD. No one has brought up a reason why he shouldn't. [Portion removed.]

As you'll see, it's because he doesn't just "roll over" that people like Observer believe those "pesky parents" are right as opposed to the parent population that is super nice, involved and have high standards


Posted by IEP parent, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

Re: Charles Young, "Yes, he should still be here in PAUSD. No one has brought up a reason why he shouldn't. It's all just ad hominem attacks rather than actual facts, which is what the board deals with."

I have no idea what issues are motivating "Observer's" comments about Mr. Young. However, the OCR finding that the district did not act to protect a disabled child at Terman, and that the district and state procedures were not followed, points specifically to the failure of the district compliance officer. Mr. Young is the district compliance officer. More broadly, it appears that the district has failed to comply with the state Uniform Complaint Procedure by making timely responses, keeping the mandated records, etc., as revealed in various Public Records Act requests.

That all fits with our experience with the district. Whether that's bad enough to cost Mr. Young his job is a separate question.


Posted by Well..., a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

Those events happens prior to CYoung joining the district.


Posted by Better or worse, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

Charles Young should not be here, based on his mediocre school board meeting performances, his lack of leadership, and his lack of skill in handling Uniform Complaint Procedure issue, including In virtually every other Bay Area district, his performed would not be acceptable. Fortunately for him, there are some folks here asserting ad hominem attacks, which is as bizarre as blaming everything on the Daubers and the We Can Do Better group. Do you remember that just a year ago? Leadership has not gone well during the Kevin Skelly years, and they were worse during the last three years. I don't know if Charkes Young made it worse, but his performance did not make it better. I see a lot of excuses made for him, but I don't see any examples of exemplary performance.


Posted by Better or worse , a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

The including fragment above is about bullying. In other districts, The Associate Superintendent would lead the anti-bullying procedures and policies, but after Kevin Skelly announced his resignation, Skelly then announced that he would be leading it. Charles Young should have handled that from the beginning. One could say that it was Skelly's fault, or the board's, or the pesky parents, but again, those are excuses, not examples of exemplary performance.


Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm

@Welll..., Charles Young has been with the district and been compliance officer for a few YEARS now, not a few MONTHS. No, everything did NOT happen before he came to this district. The problems that led to the 1st resolution agreement may have started before he got there, I realyl don't know, but he certainly wasn't powerless to change the way that was going. The problems that led to the 2nd resolution agreement, such as the district having no 504 procedures available for parents even though they had such procedures that they wrote themselves, not making them available for parents or acting like they didn't even know what they are, not actively extending the protections to children who might need them as the law requires, and antagonizing rather than helping parents who asked for them, all happened on Charles Young's watch. Everything was brought to his attention early on, and instead of doing the right thing by the kids, in usual fashion, he complained about parents and nothing got done until in that case, a complaint was finally made to the OCR and the government stepped in.

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Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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Posted by observer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

On that note...

We pay our administrators far too much. There is a huge amount of business research showing that intrinsic motivation, not level of pay, is what correlates best with performance. it turns out that paying someone too little or way to much interferes with performance. The evidence is that paying just a little better than average and finding people who are intrinsically motivated by the work gives the best results.

We get the opposite of that when we hire people for way too much money who don't really like parents and don't have any intrinsic motivation to serve their needs (and even their complaints) or work with them.


Posted by Yikes, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

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