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News - March 2, 2018

School community lauds new direction on special education

District is conducting internal evaluation of department, services

by Elena Kadvany

New leadership overseeing the Palo Alto Unified School District's special-education department appears to be meeting with approval from the Board of Education and parents, who appeared encouraged Tuesday night by the progress being made on the difficult systemic issue.

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8 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm

It has been about 10 years or so since PAUSD took a wrong turn on Special Ed. I don't see any specifics in the article, but, I'm hopeful that PAUSD will work to make the experience of all PAUSD students positive.


9 people like this
Posted by Leopard doesn't change its spots
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm

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10 people like this
Posted by Truth
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

I don’t see a change. Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t mean we aren’t dealing with a pig.


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Posted by Heard this before
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

There's a big difference between saying the right things and doing the right things well. There is a whole lot of gaslighting going on - so rampant that you would have to start with a new team because I don't how the attitude of the administration will change and follow-through on the hard work to actually implement something. It's pretty clear the strategy is to make it painful enough that families pull their special needs children out of PAUSD so they won't have to deal with parents, address needs that can't be handled by one-size-fits all and focus on high scores instead. A lot of unconscious bias going on!


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2018 at 11:01 am

Posted by Heard this before, a resident of Charleston Gardens

>> There's a big difference between saying the right things and doing the right things well.

Agreed. Somewhere between the year 2000 and the year Palo Alto 2013 Special Ed underwent a long-term devaluation. It took quite a while to complete the process, and, restoration will take a while longer -- if ever. I'm pessimistic, but, also hopeful. That is, for example, I hope that more tech leaders come out of the closet and disclose the learning disabilities that they have:

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Unfortunately, many people don't see the value of everyone getting a chance.


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