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Palo Alto Unified approves enrollment lottery to boost student body at Fletcher Middle School

Original post made on Dec 15, 2021

The district's board voted unanimously on Tuesday to authorize an intradistrict lottery at Fletcher for next school year. The board also elected Ken Dauber as its president and Jennifer DiBrienza as vice president.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 9:43 AM

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Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2021 at 1:57 pm

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Using the words Dharap, Dauber, DiBrienza in the same sentence as "Leadership" is an oxymoron. They do NOT demonstrate leadership. Every Board Member that was in place 2020-2021 should be recalled and sued personally for the emotional distress and damage they caused students. Keeping secondary schools closed for a full year (when they could've opened Aug 2020), cow towing to teachers unions, was wrong, unethical, unnecessary and in some cases tragic with students attempting or succeeding in committing suicide because of being so depressed, isolated, and lacking friends in school for support. And these School Board Members' damaging policies continue this year with high school start times that teachers, parents, and students ALL hate and say has resulted in LESS sleep. Travesty.

To Quote Dr. Vinay Prasad, UCSF, Covid Response team, Professor, statistician, renown epidemiologist:
"School closure was the greatest self inflicted wound of the pandemic. Sensible European nations did not close primary school at all, or only for 6 weeks, but places in the USA remained closed for more than a year. This was a net negative for the health and well-being of children, and will damage this nation for years to come. I am not sure we will recover. This decision was made only in some places in the USA, and not others, and was not explained by virus specific properties— it had no correlation with cases/100k or hospitalizations per capita—but solely the political valence of a region/ strength of teachers unions. When the history books are written, school closure will be viewed, as I have said before: a massively catastrophic and harmful blunder that was fueled by mis-information from the legacy media, and many pundits who lacked experience adjudicating trade-offs."


Posted by Hanky
a resident of Southgate
on Dec 15, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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Fletcher-dilemma?--Perhaps-it's-time-to-revisit-MiddleSchool-vs-JrHigh-structure?


Posted by Maggie
a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 15, 2021 at 8:11 pm

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Many parents are pulling their kids out of public schools and opting for private education.


Posted by John94306
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm

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What's the incentive to apply for the Fletcher lottery? If not enough people apply, then doesn't the low enrollment problem continue?


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