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Palo Alto takes bike-share program on another spin
After failing to advance its bike-share and electric scooters program last year, Palo Alto is now preparing to try again... Last comment on Mar 22, 2019 at 4:46 pm | 11 comments

Embattled Ravenswood superintendent forced to resign
Three weeks after placing the Ravenswood City School District's controversial superintendent on paid administrative leave,... Last comment 5 hours ago | 32 comments

County calls on Stanford to ramp up faculty housing
Stanford University may need to quadruple the number of housing units it has to produce for its employees under its ambitious... Last comment on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:29 pm | 29 comments

Local parents, Stanford coach indicted in college-admissions scandal
Numerous local parents and a Stanford University coach are among the dozens indicted in a nationwide college-admissions investigation... Last comment on Mar 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm | 99 comments

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IRS scams strike again in Palo Alto
Each year as the tax deadline looms, scammers dupe unwary residents by claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents demanding money. Monday, 4:06 PM

Ousted supe violated harassment policy in comments about employees with children
An external investigation found that Gloria Hernandez-Goff, the ousted superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, violated the district's harassment policy in making repeated comments about employees' family status and their leave history, according to documents released under the Public Records Act. Monday, 9:37 AM | 10 comments

Stanford junior dies in fall while hiking in Spain
Mischa Nee, a 20-year-old Stanford University junior has died in Spain, apparently falling while on a hike with other Stanford undergraduates studying in Europe, a university vice provost said in a message issued Saturday. Monday, 9:10 AM

Judge urges school district, parents to resolve sexual-harassment case
A judge said Friday that she needed more time to consider a female Gunn High School student's petition to ban from the school's robotics team a male student found to have sexually harassed her, even as all parties also agreed to mediation. Monday, 9:35 AM | 18 comments

Episode 176: The charter school challenge
Weekly journalists discuss what the rapid rise of charter schools means for traditional school districts, including the K-8 Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto. Monday, 9:34 AM

In East Palo Alto, a microcosm of the state's heated charter school debate
As California's charter school movement booms and polarizes public education, educators, elected officials and researchers on both sides of the debate, including in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, are grappling with how the two systems can co-exist. Friday, 6:58 AM | 23 comments

$75K for a fake ACT score? Students say cheating happens without the big bucks
Some high school students who agonize over preparing for standardized exams say the allegations in the college admissions case are a reminder that the testing system is unfair. Friday, 6:58 AM | 23 comments

Editorial: The audacity of privilege
Sadly, the most frequently heard reaction among local residents last week to the news that 33 parents across the nation, including six who call the Palo Alto area home, had bribed their children's way into college, was not shock or surprise. Friday, 6:57 AM | 24 comments

Bay Area's largest real-estate firm? It's a New York startup

County to consider contacting ICE about violent inmates prior to release

In response to college-admissions scandal, Stanford to probe policies, current athletic recruits

Embattled Ravenswood superintendent forced to resign

Bedside intruder interrupts woman's study session

Palo Alto takes bike-share program on another spin

SafeSpace offers mental health support line app

Palo Alto punts decisions on rail redesign, adds $500K to budget

PUBLIC AGENDA: Magical Bridge funding; auto dealership project

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