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Its about the kids

Original post made by FOR THE KIDS on May 29, 2009

Measure G is all about keeping programs for the kids and keeping the schools great. Let's make sure we're focused on the kids.

Measure G will:

Keep class sizes small in the critical early years and in ninth
grade English and math classes

Provide effective reading and math support programs

Ensure our libraries continue to support student achievement

Keep counselors in our schools to support students

Maintain the effective technology instruction our students need to compete in a global economy

Retain our highly valued elementary music programs

Keep our schools clean and safe.

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Posted by Be accurte and truthful, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

The actual ballot language states:
"To preserve educational quality and protect Pleasanton schools from severe state budget cuts, keep class sizes small, maintain essential reading and math support programs, libraries, counselors, technology instruction, music, and safe and clean schools..."

It does NOT state as FOR THE KIDS said that it will
"Keep class sizes small in the critical early years and in ninth

grade English and math classes
Provide effective reading and math support programs

Ensure our libraries continue to support student achievement

Keep counselors in our schools to support students

Maintain the effective technology instruction our students need to compete in a global economy

Retain our highly valued elementary music programs"


If you're going to quote from the ballot, then quote accurately.


Posted by No on G, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Measure G SHOULD BE all about keeping programs for the kids and keeping the schools great. WE SHOULD make sure we're focused on the kids.

BUT MEASURE G IS NOT WRITTEN THAT WAY.

The Ballot says...Measure G will:




Keep class sizes small in the critical early years and in ninth (what is small? The district never stated. They should have stated it like 20:1. "Small" is relative. The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)


Provide effective reading and math support programs
(How? They could spend 1 dollar or 10MM - there are NO specifics. The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)

Ensure our libraries continue to support student achievement
(How? Why isn't there a measurable statement. The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)

Keep counselors in our schools to support students
(How many do we get for our money? Why isn't there specific language in the measure? The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)


Maintain the effective technology instruction our students need to compete in a global economy. (Again, why the vague language? Why couldn't they give a value that can be held to account? The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)

Retain our highly valued elementary music programs (to what degree is this retained? Is it the same or one teacher? There is nothing to measure in this statement. The money is going into the GENERAL FUND)

Keep our schools clean and safe. (What does this mean? Nothing was outlined as to what the needs are and what the plan is. The money is going into the GENERAL FUND).

WHAT MEASURE G DOES NOT ANSWER IS HOW THE 15MM THE TEACHER'S NEED IN SALARIES WILL BE FUNDED. IT ONLY GIVES VAGUE ANSWERS AS TO "GOALS", ETC. IT WILL COME FROM THE GENERAL FUND.

MEASURE G WILL RAISE 18.5MM. IF THE DISTRICT IS OFFICIALLY BROKE, HOW WILL THE TEACHERS GET PAID? THEY WILL GET PAID OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND OVER 4 YEARS, INCLUDING SCHEDULED RAISES, IN THE AMOUNT OF 15MM DOLLARS (INFO TAKEN FROM PUSD WEBISTE).

THAT LEAVES 3.5 MM LEFT FOR PROGRAMS LISTED ABOVE, WHERE NOTHING WAS SPECIFIC WAS STATED

IT'S A NICE IDEA, IN THEORY, BUT PLEASANTON IS TOO SMART TO FALL FOR THIS BAIT AND SWITCH.


Posted by Be accurate and truthful, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

No on G,
My concerns are with the vagueness of the ballot language.
The school district is asking me to pay for a pig in a poke.
I like to know what I'm paying for and if the school district had given me a ballot with specific guarantees, I would feel differently.


Posted by No on G, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Be accurate and truthful,

(Great name, btw...)

You GOT it! I'm with you!

Just keep putting the facts out there and asking why there wasn't specific and measureable language put in the measure.

The simple answer is they don't want to have their hands tied for any reason. They want access to twist my arm and not let me complain about it. NO WAY!!

Tell me what you want to do with OUR MONEY and let me have proof you did it, THEN we will hand over our money.

Why is this so difficult?!

NO MEANS NO!


Posted by Yes on G, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on May 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Yes on G!!!


Posted by Wha?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

If more than 80% of the tax is for raises I seriously doubt that its for the kids...ITS FOR THE TEACHERS. And since the teachers in Pleasanton make about 25% more than the surrounding school districts, and since the test scores are not 25% higher than the surrounding school districts why should they get a raise?


Posted by Dave, a resident of California Reflections
on May 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm

It's about the payroll period.


Posted by Fed up, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

If it's really about the kids, then let the administrators give up the perks and make that money available for the kids.
I'm sick of the people who say the private sector had it good, and should have shared the wealth. Well, Dr. Casey has made a lot more money since he's been here than I have, and no one asks why he didn't contribute to the schools in his boom years.


Posted by just sayin', a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Thank you "Fed up"!

Not everyone in the private sector gets huge perks/bonuses, either! For several years the main breadwinner in our household worked in the medical device industry. The "annual bonus" was given @ Christmastime. Know how much we got during a "booming economy" circa 2002? Well it was $200. I know for a FACT my kids' teachers rake in more than that during Teacher Appreciation Week in giftcards, lunches etc...

And unless you worked in the financial industry - the private sector salaries are often not big $$ either! I resent that we are being asked to subsidize bloated public sector payrolls....


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