PUSD Teachers, I apologize
Original post made by So Sorry, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 19, 2009
We have created a disaster as a civic community for you.
We have voted for every special interest group and their projects to change what is expected in education, but then we deny the funding and expect you to figure it out. I for one, am sorry.
We ask you to teach our children, but then ask you to take your ever changing State curriculum and "differentiate" it to all the different groups within your classrooms: These groups include Special Education children (speech only, to severely impaired where staff is expected to push into your classroom and disrupt the teaching) and are usually 10% of a school population, ESL kids, and gifted, not to mention 504-plan kids that have "issues" like ADHD, or behavior problems. You have to handle all of this IN your classroom as we deny less and less children the opportunity to leave the classroom for services they need.
You are expected to do all of this because we took away funding for these groups, or voted for help for them, but then won't fund the programs. You are stuck between a state and local administration of standards and the classroom reality that the voters give you. You have more and more expected of you by the governments, which is all well-intended, but then not funded. Parents, particularly those in Pleasanton, are demanding of educational excellence, but we rarely want to let you live like the rest of us.
I am not a teacher. I am a parent, and I am in a private industry. But I want you to know that I have seen all you contend with and have a great deal of respect for you and whether or not you make concessions to the voters in this town, you still are our teachers and you still have a lot to worry about if Measure G doesn't pass.
If my child needed surgery, I wouldn't want my child's doctor to even have to worry about whether or not my check would bounce and if they would be paid for their service to me. I would want them confident when performing the procedure that I would support them and appreciate their work by honoring my commitment to pay them.
I want you to know the same. I want you to have confidence in this community's support for you. If the managment or a union messed up over there with managing the budget, then so did we as the community by not watching them closer. We didn't do our job, but you have done yours and judging by the API scores from 2008 reported in February, you ALL have done yours exceedingly and you deserve a BONUS. Even in this economy, I can make a little more cuts to my family to encourage you in your life to continue to work as hard as you do.
Thank you for all you do and I am so sorry we are making life so difficult for you when you serve us so brilliantly every day.