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Palo Alto Unified special-education director to leave

Original post made on Aug 26, 2019

Palo Alto Unified's director of special education, Alma Ellis, is leaving for a job closer to her home, the district announced on Friday.

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Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Staying Young Through Kids is a registered user.

Turnover is hard for any group, but it would seem especially difficult in this area of education. And, I don't know any reason for the departure of Ms Ellis other than the ones given (job closer to home).

That said, I would be very interested in finding out how the average staff member from the various groups (aids, teachers, principals, administrators, and classified workers) across the district might be feeling under the new Superintendent.

There are aspects of his reign (yes, I chose that word intentionally) that I appreciate and feel are needed within our district. While there are other areas where I feel as if he is too interested in being the "tough guy" and might not be the best fit for our area.

The jury is out...what do the employees of the district think? The best gauge would be elementary school principals. Of course the ones who are great at their jobs will never speak up.

Has telling truth to power ever been rewarded in our district?


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Posted by Yuri
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:11 pm

The PR blitz ("The Promise", the Superintendent's monthly "magazine", etc.) can't mask the fact that PAUSD is not a teacher friendly district. More demands, fewer resources, unrealistic expectations, and lack of true leadership take a toll. Forget all the words, and look at the actions emanating from 25 Churchill.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:25 pm

"what do the employees of the district think? The best gauge would be elementary school principals."

When McGee was in the process of getting moved out, PAMA, primarily a principals group, did some kind of joint letter from their members, claiming overwhelming support for keeping McGee. Diorio at Paly also loved him. Thank goodness no-one listened. I'm not sure the principals are the best judge of what kind of leadership is best for the district / students.


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Posted by Pa
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 31, 2019 at 12:06 pm

@Yuri
You’re my hero for helping to point out the bull@&(^.


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Posted by Teacher friendly
a resident of Juana Briones School
on Aug 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Teachers have tons of power in the district and also tons of resources in a huge salary relative to the public sector.


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Posted by pa
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm

and no accountability for quality or lawlessness, and probably no recognition for doing great.


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