The five candidates vying for two seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education squared off on Sept. 11, 2014, at a debate sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly and the Oshman Family JCC.
Here's a recap of their answers to the 20 questions posed, with a guide to watching the video of the entire debate, posted on Palo Alto Online.
The debate was divided into three sections, based on questions posed by the Weekly staff; the candidates themselves; and moderator Supervisor Joe Simitian and audience members.
Finally, the candidates each gave a closing statement.
A video of the entire two-hour debate is posted on the Palo Alto Online YouTube channel.
Click on a question, below, to read the candidates' answers; or watch them answer the question on the video at the time marked next to the question.
Palo Alto Weekly's questions:
3. How would you balance district governance and school-site decision making? (Time on video: 23:18)
6. How effective has the school district been in easing student stress? (Time on video: 41:10)
Candidates' questions to one another:
8. Terry Godfrey: What are one or two things you've done with and for our community's youth? (Time on video: 54:13)
9. Jay Blas Cabrera: What one program or service in the school budget would you cut, and what one new program or service would you add? (Time on video: 1:03:30)
11. Gina Dalma: What educational innovations outside our district would you bring to Palo Alto? (Time on video: 1:19:11)
12. Ken Dauber: When should a 13th elementary school be opened, and where? (Time on video: 1:28:14)
Joe Simitian's questions:
19. What is your vision for partnership with the City of Palo Alto regarding Cubberley? (Time on video: 1:51:01)