School board disregards your right to know

[A] legal settlement the board unanimously approved on Tuesday…calls for the district to pay $150,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the parents of a Palo Alto boy who claimed that school employees improperly disclosed his genetic information and discriminated against him.

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Carolyn Pires
District tried to hide settlement

An attempt by the Palo Alto school district to keep a $150,000 legal settlement out of the public eye has failed. Details of the settlement, including the district’s desire to keep the opposing counsel from disclosing the deal to the press, were posted on the U.S. District Court’s website.

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Carolyn Pires
District faulted over sex assault

Administrators at Palo Alto High School and the Palo Alto school district mishandled a sexual assault case 11 months before a well-publicized October 2016 assault, according to a heavily redacted report by outside attorneys obtained by the Post yesterday.

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Carolyn Pires
School board ignores diversity policy

It’s bad that the school board removed the names Terman and Jordan from two middle schools in Palo Alto. It’s even worse that the board didn’t follow its own rules in doing so, alienating a large group of residents in the process…The committee had no members of Chinese or Latin descent. Yet the district is 36% Asian and 12% Latino.

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Carolyn Pires
Paly music teacher arrested

A part-time music teacher who was arrested on suspicion of touching a Sunnyvale high school student inappropriately also worked at Palo Alto High School, according to an email to parents from Principal Kim Diorio. Henry Reed, 23, of San Jose, was arrested by Sunnyvale police on Friday and booked into jail for allegedly sending indecent material to the 17-year-old girl and annoying or molesting her.

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Carolyn Pires
Another sexual assault reported at Paly

A female Palo Alto High School student who said she was sexually assaulted on the school's quad by a male student in November 2015 and reported it to school authorities has become the latest person to accuse the school district of mishandling her report and failing to immediately initiate a legally required investigation.

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Carolyn Pires
Harassment probe for schools pricey

The Palo Alto school board will discuss the hiring of a law firm Tuesday to investigate reports of sexual harassment at the district’s schools, and the firm recommended by the superintendent charges up to $350 an hour for one attorney.

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Carolyn Pires