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Around Town: An inspiring teacher, passport delays and a big council decision

Original post made on Jun 4, 2023

In this week's Around Town column, read about an inspiring teacher who really connects with his students, lawmakers' rebuke over delayed passport renewals and why the council is switching its meeting start times.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:05 PM

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Posted by Jeremy Erman
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2023 at 6:49 pm

Jeremy Erman is a registered user.

"The council opted for a 5:30 p.m. rather than 5 p.m. start time to ensure that people who work can still participate fully."

What reality does the Council live in where no one works after 5pm and if they do, are able to get to a meeting by 5:30pm?

This will further restrict the number of people able to speak at Oral Communications, which was already restricted a year or two ago to those who are able to sign up during the first five minutes of Oral Communications--it used to be you could sign up and speak as long as other people were still speaking; now, if you're late, you're not allowed to speak, even if only one person signed up for Oral Communications.

Shameful all around.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 5, 2023 at 3:52 am

Native to the BAY is a registered user.

I will say this. Mr. Steve deserves the accolades. His school should get the 30K. PAUSD required 6-8 feet of Pandemic at home space for PE. My kid had 3’. No privacy no space. And was required to have a camera on. We were all at home. No space, no privacy, no fun. His teacher failed him. While his teachers dogs incessantly barked, where it was a “Jane Fonda” work out, where we had no room to perform during an unprecedented time of “lock down” at home schooling. Whether we were in an RV on ECR, a relatives overcrowded space or nothing in between. His teacher failed him! A teacher w empathy, embracing the emergency and doing w what was available to themselves, tbier credential and the students who endured. Absurd that ANY student would be given a NM for PE. Some Cali districts did an exercise log. Mine a then 9th grader, skateboarded outside to get air and physical outlet while he was having a WHO forced distanced from classmates, friends. No child should be failed at PE during 2020-21, the month distance Zoom learning in 2020-22. Let alone children who were surviving such abysmal one room apartments w a sibling a me as a primary care giver plus other family adults in the midst / mix. It was unprecedented times. Why punish a child for we were all figuring it out, moment to hour 2 weeks to months.

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