Vote to Support Measure O

Vote Yes on Measure O

The Palo Alto Council of PTAs supports Yes On O!  For almost 20 years, our local parcel tax has generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This essential local funding is set to expire. 

Vote YES on Measure O, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding. 

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Thurs. Sept 24 7pm – 8:30 pm. School Board forum on Secondary Education – middle & high schools.  Live stream:

Use this google form to collect questions in advance.  Moderated by students from the Paly and Gunn Speech and Debate Clubs.  Questions: 

Thurs. Oct. 8,  6:30pm – 8:30 pm –  School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters.   Zoom link for the League-sponsored candidate forum.  It’s posted on our Candidate Forum web page or  School Board Forum link 

Sat. Oct 17 3pm – 5pm. School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education The event is jointly sponsored by PTA Council (PTAC), Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). For questions, contact or

(CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). For questions, contact or

Preview YouTube video School Board Candidate Forum on Secondary education

CENSUS For All Families and Community Stakeholders

2020 is an important year for all Californians. It’s the once-per-decade time that every person in America is counted in the U.S. Census. The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of our community, state and the nation. The census affects Federal funding, and much more.  [Learn more!]

You have the power to shape the future for the children of California. If you haven’t yet been counted, please do it right away.  Questions?

Town Halls

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you can join us for the town hall hosted by The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC), in collaboration with the School PTAs. Superintendent Dr. Don Austin will be our guest speaker with members of his Cabinet Leadership. We will have two separate town halls to address the specific needs for the elementary schools and the secondary schools.  

Elementary School Town Hall will be held Monday, August 3rd at 5:30PM. Please tune in here:

Secondary School Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:30PM. Please tune in here:

Thank you,

Palo Alto Council of PTAs

Every Child, One Voice


Open Letter to the PAUSD Board of Ed, Dr. Austin,& Ms.Hendricks from the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA)

We, the PAEA Executive Board and PAEA Negotiations Team, are writing at the urging of PAUSD educators regarding the PAUSD reopening plan. We know that reopening our schools in person is what everybody would prefer to do under normal circumstances, but the time we are living in with this pandemic is anything but normal. While we have been negotiating since May in good faith about how to structure a return to school, we have increasing concerns whether this can be done while maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff as this pandemic shows no signs of going away. (