Board to ponder calendar, Cubberley, new school
Original post made on May 27, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 27, 2013, 4:38 PM
on May 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm
The Weekly missed this important story: Web Link
I am not sure whether the Weekly's education reporter understands the importance of this issue, since the Mercury News covered the fact that Palo Alto is ignored the new "fee for learning" law several months ago. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
How about covering the fact that the district is making poor kids pay for stuff they are barred by law from charging for? That seems like a bigger and better story than a story that recites the school board agenda with no interviews, no quotes, and no reporting of any kind. But that's just me.
on May 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm
This paragraph seems almost deliberately obtuse: "But at least one school board member has expressed skepticism about the change, and the move has been strongly opposed by some parents. The board member who provided the swing vote for the 3-2 approval of the new calendar in May 2011, Barbara Klausner, is no longer on the board."
In fact, Camille Townsend and Melissa Caswell voted against the calendar change, and Heidi Emberling opposed it during the election. Townsend and Tom (who supported the calendar) got into a tiff about the survey data at the last board meeting. Why be so coy? You shouldn't have to already know the facts to understand the story.
on May 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm
@J-school dropout. Also not appearing in this story is any mention of the fact that the other item on consent, in addition to the above-mentioned state-law-breaking fees, is the renewal and increase of Laurie Reynolds' contract as district counsel. Laurie Reynolds is apparently using PAUSD's evident disregard for the law as her own veritable gold mine, obtaining a 40% increase in her contract over last year due to the increase in matters and billings according to Cathy Mak (at the last board meeting). She charges us to dig the hole, and then to fill it in. Convenient. And only the bargain billing rate of $270 per hour! That makes PAUSD the golden goose, with its inability to understand or follow the law. Or maybe the golden fleece. One of those.