Liveblog: Ken Dauber addresses journalism students
by Grant Raffel, Juliana Moraes-Liu and Aaron Chum
Published September 11, 2012
Palo Alto School Board candidate Ken Dauber is addressing Palo Alto High School journalism students in the English Resource Center.
Follow along as Dauber answers questions on a wide range of topics prior to this November’s election.
Dauber plans on improving school board transparency and decrease the time the school board takes to make decisions on issues.
Dauber supported and participated in the Homework Committee, aimed at adjusting the amount of homework students are faced with. He calls for “diminished homework” levels.
“Homework shouldn’t be punitive. In other words, your grade shouldn’t suffer excessively for turning in homework late”
Dauber explains that We Can do Better Palo Alto has demonstrated the public’s ability to improve the district.”We Can do Better shows that if you bring data to bear and you bring research and you start a conversation, then you can make a difference and bring about positive change.”
“We [We Can do Better Palo Alto] successfully advocated for homework policy for the fist time in the district.”
Dauber explains that his ‘best practice’ policy implementation ideas. “In cases where its clear that there is a best practice that is available but not implemented, then I would expect the district staff to work with the school staff to change that.”
Dauber takes issues of academic stress seriously and recent suicides seriously. “ I can definitely tell you that I have experienced what this is like on a personal level,” Dauber said. “This [the recent metal health effort] seems to me, and to a lot of people in the community, to be an effective response to take in the district, and I think we have made a difference.”
Dauber explains that his policies are based off of research. “I would use data to drive the direction of improvement,” Dauber said.
Dauber emphasizes his dedicated to providing for a transparent decision making environment.“If I’m elected, you and your parents, and all other community members, will know exactly what I know when I know it”
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