IN SPITE of existing parcel tax, Dublin increases class sizes
Original post made by Ruby D, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009
Which districts around us receive funding from a parcel tax? How much is it, and what do they use it for?
Dublin: $96/parcel; through November 2013; to support high academic achievement in math, science, reading, writing, and technology, attract and retain highly qualified teachers, maintain small class sizes, and provide ongoing teacher training
Wording appears similarly vague as our parcel tax language, yes?
Now this from yesterday's paper:
"The cuts for 2009-10 were grouped into five categories, with the first four totaling $1.8 million. They include $300,000 by increasing kindergarten classes to 21 and first- through third-grade class sizes to 25, with the average pupil-to-teacher ratio expected to be 23-to-1. Currently those classes average 19.5 students per class, according to the district. Ninth-grade math and English class sizes will increase to an average of 25, saving the district $90,000."
"Teachers, nonteaching staff and district leaders were given a total of three days of cuts, with each day saving $148,000, $25,000 and $17,000 respectively."
What Dublin is doing does not sound so "devastating." as PUSD has described. Why did PUSD not consider similar reductions in order to avoid a parcel tax and the associated costs? I hope administrators will let the community know how much similar changes in CSR would save Pleasanton---before June 2.