Skelly posts local official's letter re Duveneck OCR bullying case
Original post made by Curious on May 18, 2013
Claude Ezran, a member of Palo Alto's Human Relations Commission, and his wife sent the letter to Skelly on May 12. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
The post follows OCR's warning to Skelly that an email from the Duveneck principal to parents threatened the victim's privacy rights. OCR admonished Skelly to ensure that PAUSD treat the Duveneck case with the seriousness appropriate to potential violations of federal civil rights law, and reminded Skelly that retaliation against the complainant would itself violate federal law. See
According to the Ezran email, the couple has no children at Duveneck school.
Ezran's email is one of several praising the Superintendent included in his weekly memo to the school board. The memo also looks forward to Skelly's day-long annual performance review by the board, scheduled for next month.
on May 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Public communications on the case is exactly what OCR warned Skelly against. Why is he using our district website to cast aspersions on the complaint? Doesn't he understand that this just makes it harder to claim that the district is dealing fairly and objectively with these issues? And obviously giving people a lesson in what happens when you bring an OCR complaint?
on May 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm
So to clarify this misleading post - the poster refers to one sentence on page 7 of a 28 page weekly update to the board. The memo includes a number of emails and memos on various topics, including the email mentioned, which has a single, throw-away sentence that merely states the email writer's (Mr. Ezran's wife, not Mr. Ezran) opinion about the story she read in the paper.
And please note that this memo is "posted to the PAUSD website" only because last year others made an issue of the superintendent's weekly board update not being publicly available; so now they put it on the website every week.
The poster seems to be trying to make something out of [portion removed due to reference to previously removed item] -- the "post followed a warning ... that an email threatened victim's privacy rights" (a toss-away line from a parent who seems to have no direct info on the matter doesn't seem likely to compromise anyone's privacy). Really? [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
on May 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Actually, the letter says "my husband Claude Ezran and I" and expresses the opinion about Duveneck that "we believe" etc. Why are you trying to deny that the letter is from Ezran?
Skelly clearly knows that the memo is posted to the Web, since he does it once a week. The story does a good job of capturing what is actually going on.