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Palo Alto Unified School District

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Palo Alto Unified School District

District information
TypePublic
GradesK-12
EstablishedMarch 20, 1893
SuperintendentDon Austin
Other information
Websitehttp://www.pausd.org/

The district itself was founded on March 20 1893, with the first school opening in September of that year. Enrollment grew until it reached a peak of 15 576 students in 1967. Afterwards, enrollment declined sharply, forcing the district to close many schools. Enrollment was at its lowest in 1989 with only 7 452 students. Jordan Middle School was reopened when enrollment increased again. Barron Park Elementary School was added in 1998, and Terman Middle School was reopened in 2001. In 2013, the district had 12 268 students. All district schools were closed on March 16 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Plan was passed on September 29 2020 to reopen elementary schools on October 12, and high schools on January 7 2021, causing widespread debate, including criticism from teachers and staff citing safety concerns.

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Adult school

On one recent morning in the English as Second Language classroom at Palo Alto's Greendell School, tables begin to fill up, and intermediate high level students their face evincing mix of ages, ethnicities and genders, turn to instructor Mary Bazigos, who starts class by setting out the day's agenda and reviewing students' answers to homework. Bazigos' class was in the midst of a unit on weather and natural disasters, and one student approached the whiteboard to share a sentence she had composed about the time when she and her friends came across fall trees blocking the roadway. Wielding a green dry-erase marker, Bazigos review sentences word by word, making corrections and asking Student to explain certain phrases. When they finish, Bazigos tells her and class not to be discouraged by a number of changes. Please don't feel bad with mistakes, she say. That's why you're here. Here is Palo Alto Adult School's ESL Program, which offers classes four mornings a week at Greendell, four nights a week at Palo Alto High School and three days a week at Stanford University's Escondido Village, as well as a host of special programs. According to the school's enrollment data, 456 students participated in the ESL Program last spring with an additional 202 taking English Enrichment and Writing classes, which together represent more than 31 percent of enrollment across all categories. That percentage was higher in the fall of 2014 at nearly 41 percent. The ESL Program symbolizes the school's recently strengthened emphasis on providing students with skills they need to continue their education, seek employment and ultimately sustain themselves and their families. And with new funding and encouragement from the California Department of Education to collaborate with the region's other Adult educators, school has now become better equipped to assist students in finding opportunities in the professional world and at local community colleges, administrators say. Found in 1921, Palo Alto Adult School is officially part of Palo Alto Unified School District and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Today, its programs run the gamut from fee-base classes in cooking, computer skills, genealogy, upholstery, foreign languages and many other areas, to fully or partially State-supported programs like career technical Education, High School equivalency preparation, citizenship classes and ESL courses. Still more classes exploring subjects like Grant Writing, computer programming, foreign languages and social media for businesses are offered online through firm Education 2 Go. The bounty of programs today doesn't show the full picture, though, including the rocky financial road of recent years that in the end lead Adult School in a new and purposeful direction. Many of the changes were actually quite positive, she say. We sit down and look at what we really need in a community. Another change that Rosenberg noted was the phasing out of the School's aircraft-maintenance technician Program, which dates to the 1940s.

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In Milliken, the majority of the Court reversed the Circuit Court Decision which had approved the order of DISTRICT Court establishing a Desegregation area, consisting of the City of Detroit with 276 000 students and 53 adjacent SCHOOL districts with 503 000 students, after finding that it was otherwise impossible to accomplish Desegregation in the City. The Supreme Court determined that the Federal Court may not impose multi-DISTRICT, a remedy to single DISTRICT de jure Segregation problem absent any finding that other including SCHOOL districts had failed to operate unitary SCHOOL System within their districts; absent any claim or finding that boundary lines of any affected SCHOOL DISTRICT were establish with purpose of fostering Racial Segregation in Public Schools; absent any finding that include districts commit acts which effect Segregation within other districts; and absent meaningful opportunity for included neighboring SCHOOL districts to present Evidence or be hear on propriety of multi-DISTRICT remedy or on question of constitutional violation by those neighboring districts. A search for factors which may implicate any of the respondent districts under foregoing formula leads to paragraph X of the Petition. There petitioners allege: petitioners expressly do not allege any de jure', de facto' or any acts of any of respondents which may have contribute, significantly or insignificantly, to the present situation of racially segregated schools in respondent SCHOOL districts. However, in support of the allegation that at all relevant times, respondents had knowledge of segregated schools within each of the respondent SCHOOL districts, petitioners attach hereto and incorporate herein Exhibit E. Reference to Exhibit E reflect that it alleges that in 1974 and 1976 there were realignments of SCHOOL DISTRICT boundaries between Ravenswood and Menlo Park districts which Increase Racial imbalance; that pending Reorganization involving Belmont Elementary DISTRICT and SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL will have similar effect; that San Mateo County Committee on SCHOOL DISTRICT Organization has approve all of foregoing; that in 1966 and 1972 proposals for unification of respondent Elementary districts, were defeat by Voters; that after history of opposition by some of respondent SCHOOL districts, Two respondent County committees on SCHOOL DISTRICT Organization undertook study of several different plans for merger of Ravenswood, Las Lomitas, Menlo Park and Portola Valley Elementary districts and portion of SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT with Palo Alto Unified SCHOOL DISTRICT; and in 1976 joint committees formally vote against such merger; that integrate Center SCHOOL for pupils of Ravenswood and three other Elementary districts which exist from 1973 to 1975 was close by inaction of districts; that State Board of Education has fail to adopt regulations requiring local districts to act to eliminate segregated Schools; that Ravenswood DISTRICT has refuse application for Interdistrict transfer and adopted Policy against Interdistrict transfer; that Menlo Park and Palo Alto districts have restrict Interdistrict attendance by restrictive residency requirements.

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