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School board tables proposal to change two-meeting rule

Original post made on Sep 11, 2019

It appeared that there was majority support on the school board to change its two-meeting approval requirement to the exception rather than the norm -- until the board member who proposed the shift changed his position Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 9:14 AM

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17 people like this
Posted by Duplicitous
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

Hmmm Ken Dauber - don't seem to have the facts. According to the Post, the Palo Alto City Council does it.

31 people like this
Posted by Green Acres parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:21 am

Shounak, thank you for listening and for being open-minded.

9 people like this
Posted by Cover up culture
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:39 am

Shounak - maybe stop carrying water for Ken dauber and Don Austin and the teacher's union.

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Posted by Paly parent
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 11, 2019 at 11:26 am

City Council requires 2 meetings for some ordinances, not everything. I didn't know that the school board apparently discusses everything twice, seems a bit much. I pay attention to City issues and just check the online agenda to find out what is coming up. Why is PAUSD special? People don't pay as much attention?

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Posted by Another Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 11, 2019 at 11:51 am

@Paly Parent,

The school board does NOT discuss everything twice. Many items are for consent or action and were done in just one meeting. More complex items were discussed in the first meeting and voted in the second meeting but allowing public input before the decision. Board members already have the right to waive the two meeting rules for items that are straight forward and need a decision right away.

Also, I am not sure what is the base of Mr. Dauber's claim that we are the only board that has the two meeting rules. According to Mr. Dave Price of the Daily Post, PAUSD City Council, Menlo Park and other school districts ALL have the two-meeting rules in their bylaw. Whether they follow it is another issue.

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Posted by Paly parent
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

Well the PA City Council doesn't have a two meeting rule except for specific cases with ordinances. That doesn't sound the same to me. The school board sounds confusing. How does anyone know if something is going to be voted on or not and when?

10 people like this
Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Samuel L. is a registered user.

@Paly Parent, City council puts out their agenda two weeks ahead of their meetings. PAUSD puts it out Fri night for a Tuesday meeting. Not much time to gather useful input.

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Posted by MD Mom
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 11, 2019 at 2:12 pm

MD Mom is a registered user.

Ken Dauber--doing things two times actually DOES make the issues more transparent. Not every parent can attend the council meetings, but people can read the newspaper articles about the council meetings and issues, and speak up at the next meeting. One way the meetings can be more efficient it to limit the time that the council members can speak. Some of you go on and on and on...

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Posted by Pa
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm

.... And apparently it’s not possible to even consider getting agenda out earlier .

4 people like this
Posted by Wishful thinking
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

@Green Acres: Shounak is the one who voted to bring this forward.

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Posted by Green Acres parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 12, 2019 at 11:24 am

@Wishful thinking

Shanouk Dharap is the one who recently proposed removing the two meeting rule, although the idea clearly came from Ken Dauber who suggested removing the two meeting rule repeatedly during the last election. I was thanking Shanouk for listening to his constituents, who almost unanimously opposed the change, and for being open-minded enough to admit that he was wrong.

Shanouk and Ken Dauber cooperated during the election, each recommending that people vote for the pair. Since Shanouk got elected, he's generally voted the same as Ken Dauber. This stands out as an exception - one I'm happy to see.

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