Jul 172014

Ken Dauber is a proven leader advocating for student learning and health, serving on important PAUSD committees on homework and funding allocation, and bringing data to inform school board decisions.

A father of five and  Barron Park resident for the last 13 years, Ken holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona. He is a Google software engineer with a longtime interest in education policy. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of Education, Education Trust West and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founded a Palo Alto parent group, We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which has lobbied for stronger initiatives to combat academic stress and to reform high school counseling.

In this school board election, Ken is advocating:

  • A renewed emphasis on neighborhood schools, including reopening closed elementary schools to relieve overcrowding and traffic.
  • A focus on supporting the achievement of every student, no matter what their level of ability or area of interest
  • Better transparency and openness for the school board
  • Support for students’ social and emotional needs, including improved counseling at Gunn and measures to reduce unnecessary academic stress


On May 13, 2014 Ken Dauber testified at the Administrative Law Hearing for the closure of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. He clearly presented data that the education provided to Buena Vista children by Palo Alto schools is a significant factor in the quality of life for the residents.

For more information about Ken, visit his website


  One Response to “Ken Dauber for School Board”

  1. I have watched with dismay over recent years at how good people on the board have nevertheless floundered and done such a poor job of oversight of our district. The paralysis over Cubberly is just one of >many examples. (Many of us realized for the first time during the Maybell debates that there is a school board liaison with the City.) Our district spending money, time, and effort going after the OCR, without doing a commensurate soul searching for its own far more problematic behavior with respect to district families and vulnerable children, is another example of why we need a strong, level-headed candidate like Ken on the board.

    Ken is ethical, a good listener, concerned, calm, intelligent, with a strong presence. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves, work with all stakeholders, and try to hash out solutions. He is doing this for all the right reasons. As an involved PAUSD parent, I want all of you to know that I think having Ken on the school board is essential. In fact, I believe if we had more people like Ken in local governance, we wouldn’t end up with such high stakes conflicts in the first place.

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