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School for dyslexic children to hold information night

Original post made on May 23, 2013

A Palo Alto-based independent school for children with dyslexia will hold an information night for prospective families Wednesday, May 29.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:44 AM

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Posted by Sylvia Sanders
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2013 at 6:44 am

This story seems more like an advertisement than a news report.

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Posted by parent of dyslexic
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

Seems like the Davis method is risky - books are not written in pictures - but I sure wish this option had been available when my children were in elementary school. One thing is certain, PAUSD does not have the know-how or the desire (especially since Skelly has arrived) to help these intelligent, creative kids. The district took a too little, too late approach back then, hoping to minimize the number of kids in the IEP program. I'm guessing not that much has changed - RTI is merely a stalling technique when applied to dyslexics. So thank you Carla and thank you Weekly!

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Posted by yes, wcdbpa
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

Why should parents of disabled children have to a private school. This must be offered by PAUSD. I see more incoming OCR complaints if they don't start now!

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Posted by Felicity
a resident of Los Altos
on May 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

It is neither an advertisement nor a news report. This is an Announcement.

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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

PAUSD does "help" kids with dyslexia by giving them time with a reading specialist. A private school can change the way they teach for the whole day (think our Immersion Programs vs. Foreign Language as a class). There have always been a significant number of Palo Alto kids at Charles Armstrong.

There are many issues that PAUSD does not have to address because enough people in Palo Alto have the money to send their kids to private schools or provide significant tutoring outside of school to address these issues.

I often wonder if some of our achievement gap is because the white and asian students that struggle academically end up leaving PAUSD or getting tutors while the lower income, minority kids are stuck.

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Posted by parent of dyslexic
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

@paly parent
I couldn't agree more. I wish our achievement gap watchdogs would come around to understand your point. They should be focusing on elementary schools instead of high schools.

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Posted by yes, wcdbpa
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

@paly parent,
That's an appalling position to take. It is the responsibility of the district to teach all children. If your dyslexic child isn't getting the support they need, file an OCR complaint, don't give up and go to a private school! The district isn't meeting its responsibilities. Without parents standing up, nothing will change.

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Posted by parent of dyslexic
a resident of Barron Park
on May 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Paly parent isn't taking a position they are describing a situation. Why criticize someone who is basically saying the same thing you are? You are just offering a different solution than the folks Paly parent describes; one which is more to your liking. We all want PAUSD to come around to giving kids a free and appropriate education but they don't at this time. Every day people have to make immediate and vitally important choices for their kinders and first graders. Suing the district may be appropriate but it is not always practical if your kid needs to get to a program right now and one does not exist here.

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Posted by yes, wcdbpa
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

Paly Parent should demand an IEP. If they need to move the child in the interim until it's sorted out then do that but don't accept that the district has done all it can. File that OCR complaint. Don't give up.

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