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Why is the district cutting Class Size Reduction? Is this a scare tactic to get a “YES” vote on Measure G?

Original post made by Tony E. on Apr 28, 2009

A question we've frequently heard talking to people is:

"Why is the district cutting Class Size Reduction? Is this a scare tactic to get a "YES" vote on Measure G?"

It is true that annually, Pleasanton Unified receives $4 million dollars from the state for the CSR program. However, it requires approximately $6 million dollars to adequately fund the CSR program. PUSD provides the remaining $2 million dollars. This $2 million is equally divided amongst K-3 and 9th grade to the tune of $400,000 per grade level. Since the state's cuts to education are so severe, it is necessary to make cuts to all programs beyond the basic required classroom ratio come Fall of 2009.


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Thanks

Tony

Comments (8)

Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm

"Is this a scare tactic to get a "YES" vote on Measure G?" –

YES IT IS!

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Posted by Get out of the wagon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Tony,
Do you reply to posts about your topics?

If so, can you show me exactly in the Measure language that states if this parcel tax passes, it 100% guarantees full funding for Class Size Redcution for the duration of the tax? As well as the other programs you listed in a previous post.

I am very interesting in reading the definitive language as I have been unable to locate it in my reading of the measure.

Thanks!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

You forgot to add that the district has been given flexibility in the CSR program. The penalties for going over the 20:1 student-teacher ratio has been lowered by the State. This can result in significant savings for the district. Many districts have been discussing this while PUSD continues with an all-or-nothing approach. Districts which already have parcel taxes are considering taking advantage of this flexibility.

See Web Link for an example of how Dublin is doing this (and they already have a parcel tax so no, parcel taxes do not guarantee small class sizes).

"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."


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

So no, the district doesn't HAVE to cut CSR. Which means yes, it is being used as a scare tactic.


Posted by David, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Perhaps your first clue to the answer would be that the PUSD hired an attorney to advise them how far they could push the doomsday language in their literature and not have it construed as "campaigning" (which would, of course, be unethical and against the law).


Posted by Brandon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

Tony is right. The severity of the budget cuts left PUSD no choice but to trim the $2M associated with CSR. That would allow the district to allocate those funds to other necessities like pay raises, meal and vehicle expenses, mortgage interest, and other perks for the PUSD staff.

If you don't like it, vote the existing board members out. Out of those 5, only Arkin was willing to explore other alternatives to save our schools and our wallets.


Posted by Not scared, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:20 am

Tony is posting under the direction of the SPS political organization.
He only posts what he's told to post.
You can't expect him to respond to questions - dealing with all the facts isn't part of the SPS campaign.
His purpose is to spread the emotional propaganda. SPS has realized there is an educated public out there asking questions about PUSD's financial management. They don't want to respond to those questions because there is no way to spin a good response. So they just keep repeating their message.
Tony is just following orders.



Posted by Facts Please, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 9:01 am

Not scared,
Ya think, this has become all too obvious because they CANNOT REFUTE THE FACTS, but they can go all chick flick on us.


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