Readers: Contribute questions for school board debate

Palo Alto Weekly to host first Board of Ed debate on Sept. 20

The Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online is hosting the first Board of Education debate of the election season on Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center and is seeking reader-submitted questions for the candidates.

All six candidates for the school board — special-education advocate Stacey Ashlund, after-school-program director Christopher Boyd, incumbent Ken Dauber, attorney Shounak Dharap, parent Kathy Jordan and recent graduate Alex Scharf — will participate.

Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany will moderate the debate. Student-editors from Gunn High School's The Oracle and Palo Alto High School's Campanile, Verde Magazine and Paly Voice also will ask the candidates questions. The debate will cover central school district topics including legal compliance, transparent governance, fiscal management, equity, instructional strategies and student wellness, among others.

To submit questions for the moderators to consider in advance, send an email to

The moderators will also take questions from the audience.

The student publications are co-sponsoring the debate, along with youth well-being collaborative Project Safety Net, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS) and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club.

The debate will take place in the auditorium at the Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

The Weekly and Palo Alto Online will also host a City Council debate with the five candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Cubberley Community Center's Little Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The candidates are council incumbents Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach and challengers Pat Boone, who is a TV journalist, and Alison Cormack, who led the Measure N library-bond campaign.

Video recordings of the school board and City Council debates will be posted on Palo Alto Online following the events, which will not be livestreamed.

Election Day is Nov. 6.


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