PAUSD is in a leadership crisis. Principals are on the front lines with students, teachers, parents, senior staff, psychologists, reading specialists, special education and more. They need a superintendent with vision and high standards whose actions and words support them. It seems to me that this is the key question facing our school board today: Does our superintendent possess the curiosity, the empathy, the passion for education and communications skills to effectively lead our district. If so, show us how her actions in the past few weeks have demonstrated it. If not, what are you going to do about it?
It might be easier to dismiss the current uproar as simply bargaining issues or personal conflicts. But it is about leadership. What kind of leadership do we expect in our school district? Do we expect our superintendent to respond immediately to an important memo from her principals about a breakdown of trust? [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] No wonder our management staff is reluctant to speak up - they know that their superintendent does not support them. We should be glad our principals haven't all quit. If we don't have good leadership at the top of our school district, how can we EVER expect to resolve any bargaining issues.