Ken Dauber Endorsed by 3 More Student Publications
Original post made by Student Advocate on Nov 5, 2012
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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.
on Nov 6, 2012 at 6:50 am
Trying to cover up the fact that Gunn students rejected Ken's "signature issue" of TA at Gunn are we? ( see story from yesterday where the Oracle rejected TA at Gunn).
This entry wouldn't count as electioneering by the PA Weekly would it?
on Nov 6, 2012 at 7:44 am
Thanks for the reminder about the Oracle editorial. Ken was also named one of the top 3 candidates by the staff of the Oracle, which (like the Paly Voice, the Paly Verde, and the beginning J students at Paly) rejected Heidi Emberling due to her lack of knowledge about high school and her failure to answer questions at the forum. As to TA, the students indicated that they did not want to bring "best practices" to Gunn, echoing their mentor/advisor Kristy Blackburn, who happens to be the leading opponent of TA among teachers at Gunn and who organized the opposition among teachers last year. It is not surprising that these particular Gunn students working closely with Blackburn articulated that view.
However, the staff of the Oracle acknowledged that they do not current receive "comparable" services to those at Paly and supported making improvements to do so. What they did not do was insist that their program is currently as good as the one at Paly. This is an important fact, and is the direct result of Ken Dauber's work to develop and publish data on this point. Perhaps this is why, as the editorial noted, Ken received a large number of votes for first place from Oracle staff members and finished in the top 3 candidates, ahead of Emberling.
on Nov 6, 2012 at 7:59 am
Melissa was the only other candidate endorsed by the Paly students yesterday-- and she is also the only other candidate who supports a single counseling model at both of our high schools. I'm voting for Ken and Melissa, a great team.