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Email from Dr. Skelly today

Original post made by Odd Email, Midtown, on Aug 20, 2013

Anyone know what the email about protester's at Gunn Library was really about. The email was really odd and vague - raised more questions then it answered. Reading between the lines it sounds like a family was protesting at the school with signs.

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Posted by ninadora
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I just wondered and thought the same thing. I asked my Gunn high student, and he said he had no idea. hmmmmmm. interesting..

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Posted by More info please
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Please post the email.

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Posted by e-mail
a resident of Gunn High School
on Aug 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Dear Gunn Families and Students,

Good afternoon, if you were on campus today you may have noticed protest signs across from the Gunn Library.

The email below was sent to the Gunn staff from Dr. Skelly:

Perhaps you noticed that there were some folks in front of the school with signs and messages. I just wanted you to know a little about the situation.

District staff believe that the child involved deserves support, and we want to ensure that we provide the services that education professionals deem most appropriate for the student. Without compromising confidentiality, in special education cases when parents do not agree with the services and placement, we have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the students receive access to a public education. It is our goal to see this child return to school. We look forward to continuing to work with this family and every family to make sure they receive a quality education in our district.

Katya Villalobos
Gunn High School

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Posted by More info please
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for posting it. Odd, at best.

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Posted by Skellyton
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Very strange email from a very strange superintendent. Is or is not Kevin Skelly's thinking and line of though strange?

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Posted by ninadora
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

agree. strange and strange.

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Posted by Another Especial Ed. Parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

I agree with the people protesting. The money spend on taking parents should be used to salary increases, and hire tutors for those who can't afford one. Or the school should provide the families an attorney when they can't afford one. They are the ones taking them to court. Something is wrong with our system. I remember reading somewhere in this forum that Skelly used to do that in his former job, and a civil suit was brought against them. Skelly's mistake const that district a lot of money in settlements. I hope this does not happen here. I heard that PAUSD is taking many other parents to court, it is not an isolated incident, but the other families are afraid to come forward, because they do not want their child identity to be revealed. Sad, sad, sad, the district is going to far.

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Posted by Pants on Fire
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Aug 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

Kevin Skelly is outrageous. What kind of superintendent sues the parents of learning impaired kids?

There are not enough special schools for these kids, and many of these schools are being kicked out of their locations by eminent domain, such as PAUSD, Google, and other coming developments.

Tuitions at such schools are quite high and affordable only to elite parents. We know, we could sustain it only for one year.

That leaves the majority of kids with learning problems to suffer from Kevin Skelly' s mass groupings and inappropriate main-streaming s ( which, BTW, very often lead
to these kids being bullied).

Kevin Skelly caused his previous district huge headaches lawsuits costing millions. Why is the school board letting him ruin PAUSD with the same antics?

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Posted by former special ed. teacher
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

I urge everyone to remember that any specifics in this case are CONFIDENTIAL and any district personnel would be limited to what could be told to all parents. All students are of course entitled to a free public education. THough most parents and teachers agree on the best course of education for each particular student, that is not always the case. Everyone needs to be realistic and reasonable when setting goals, but that is not how it always goes. Please don't jump to conclusions when you don't know what you are talking about!

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Posted by ninadora
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

agreed, but they got us involved by sending thousands of parents a cryptic email last night, that there was a protest at our child's school.

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Posted by Gunn Parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Did anyone see the protest? What did the signs/messages say?

I can see why they're hiring a PR consultant....

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Posted by More info please
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Thanks for sharing this information. It's actually news that interests me and the Weekly wrote their own article today. Keep fighting the good fight, Marielena. This district has been corrupted and needs to be reformed. Kevin Skelly's incompetence and schmoozing of the board is responsible for the continuing debacle that is PAUSD. Charles Young is also responsible for failing to engage families like the one who protested. Stop renewing Skelly's contract and absolutely do not add a fourth year to Young's contract. We cannot afford endless blunders. I remember seeing Marielena at board meetings four years ago complaining about treatment of her kid by the elementary school teacher and how Skelly seemed so publicly dismissive and arrogant of her complaints. His proper handling then could have saved tens of thousands of dollars.

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