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Original post made by Amy on Jun 5, 2010

A friend sent me this. Interesting how the teachers say there is no political agenda. Really? This is not an attempt to promote the work you do and make a parcel tax more likely to pass? Seems obvious to me.

Comments (71)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

demonize teachers just because your children are c students...whatever...


Posted by Link, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jun 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

Web Link


Posted by paranoid?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

Gimme a break. Repeat after me: "There is no Boogeyman"


Posted by sad, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

I have talked to many teachers and I know for a fact that this is their way of showing the positive things that are going on in their classrooms. So much news and information is being put out there about the schools and teachers that is negative and the teachers just wanted to show the community all the great things that are happening and everything that the students are accomplishing. Sad that people have to sway every since piece of information about teachers and the school district in such a negative light.


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

While I agree that the underlying purpose of this site is exactly what you have stated, I don't necessarily agree that it is a cheap ploy. We have good schools, populated by good/smart kids, driven by smart, caring, educated parents, and further developed by teachers that still have passion for the game. We are all proud of our community, our schools, and our kids. Though I agree that the mission statement on the site is probably slightly disingenuous (if you go out of your way to state what you are NOT trying to accomplish, it usually means that there has been at least some consideration to the effect of the presentation on said subjects of political and financial gain), I don't think the site itself represents a nefarious effort.

The parcel tax debate really boils down to a simple premise. You either believe that government, and by extension government services like public education, are part of the economy and subject to budgetary restrictions of the available tax income, or you do not. It sounds like a simple premise, but because there are many who are highly emotionally invested in one or more aspects of the equation, the discussion has often gotten very personal.

I strongly believe that government, and the service arms that are supported by government revenues, must responsibly operate within the confines of the revenues available. The State budget is based on percentages of total revenue. Public education has, by far, the lion's share. Government services must be able to adjust their cost of service to accommodate changes in available funding. Doing anything else is directly akin to trying to live on your credit cards and hoping to die before you run out of credit limit.

And that's where it gets personal.

Most of the cost associated with public education resides in the cost of personnel. And that cost is established by negotiations with one of the most powerful unions in the country, if not the world. And the cost in some cases is out of whack with the current economy.

Many have argued on this forum that the gains and losses of the high tech, construction, manufacturing, finance, retail, and other industries have no direct affect on education. That is an extremely naive point of view. Others have taken the tact that repeating certain mantras will sway the outcome for the long term. Though is there honestly a single one of you reading this posting that believes that any amount of money thrown at any public service budget will not quickly be dispersed and arrive back at a shortage by the beginning of the next cycle? Others have even, laughably, attempted to convince the public that everyone is doing fine … income is actually up … there is no job loss/income loss/wealth reduction/financial crisis. However all roads will eventually lead to the same conclusion. Personnel costs at PUSD will need to be adjusted until gains are made in the private sector, or services will need to be cut. It's not personal. It is just a fact of life. We are all in this together. And throwing a band aid on the problem will not solve anything.


Posted by Devil's Advocate, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

This is in response to sad.
I too talk to a lot of teachers and I know that they have quite a negative view of the "community". I am sometimes shocked by how they view the entire parent population as a bunch of uncaring, selfish teacher-haters.
I can't help but agree with the original poster that this is a bit of a shameless ploy. I guess I have to question the timing and the need. It seems a bit overkill since all the good news about our schools is already well publicized.
I know exactly all the great things my daughters teacher does because it's on her class website.
As usual a few do not represent everyone and just as we should not lump all teachers into one pot I would like them to stop lumping all parents into one group. And even if I think that a pay cut across the board would help our district it does not mean I don't support education. I would like to see more open minded discussions from both sides. This website is nice but how much of the time is being spent on it and what is the main point? Who are they trying to reach?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I think that things like amy are here to stir the pot...that's her whole life.


Posted by John Adams, a resident of Avila
on Jun 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Oh Cholo! You king of pot stirrers. You may have invented pot stirring. I don't think Amy was being negative at all, merely pointing out that everybody has an agenda all the time. Some of us admit it and some of us don't. One of the other posters said it best though very often if you have to profess that you do not have an agenda you most certainly do.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It is absolutely clear to others that I have NEVER. and I repeat, I have NEVER stirred the pot on this blog....thank you very much!

I have stated that as a Principal, I repeat that there would be a Chicken in Every Pot and a Pot for Every Chicken. No more no less. It's only FAIR (my policy).

The HIGH ROAD is something to aspire to and I advise all the potters to keep trying...YOU CAN DO IT!


ps i rest my case...


Posted by Love for Cholo, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jun 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Poor Cholo,
Those who are taking the high road are not on this blog. Including you and me my dear. Those taking the high road are busy doing important things and not worrying about what everybody else thinks, says or does.

I do think the website is a bit of a PR move. Not that it's a bad idea but it is what it is - teacher controlled positive PR for teachers.


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm

"the teachers just wanted to show the community all the great things that are happening and everything that the students are accomplishing."

But my point is WHY? It is not like they are in any danger of losing jobs if they are portrayed negatively. So what is this really about? And why now when a parcel tax is a brewing? I know teacher friends who are annoyed about the furlough days. I know the lack of raises is not fun. Are they trying to persuade the public to pay an additional tax to give raises to the "wonderful" teachers represented on this website?


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Judging from the comments here, people are shortsighted and can't see beyond their own budget picture. Public education SHOULD make up most of the state budget and for good reason: these children are America's future. They will be supporting YOU (resident) in your retirement. You better hope they are well educated or you can FORGET about retiring in your 60s or perhaps even getting a social security check.

America is losing its edge. Its universities once attracted the best students in the world. Now? No longer are American universities the top choice of the world's brightest. No longer are American schools the model for the rest of the world. Developing countries in Asia are increasing their investments in education while we are decreasing ours.

Why aren't we investing MORE in our schools? Do you think that unemployable, uneducated and unprepared students are WORTH the extra $10-$20 per month you save for stiffing the school out of donations, parcel taxes, fundraisers, etc?

Why are we as a community demanding that our teachers go without pay raises forever? Why are we asking students to go with fewer computer and library hours? Why are we allowing our schools to cut teachers, classes, counselors, music classes, extracurricular classes? Why oh why are we bashing our own teachers?

Why is it that communities such as Palo Alto, Piedmont, Lafayette, San Ramon, Cupertino still support their schools during this budget crisis, yet communities such as Concord, Oakland, and San Jose do not? Why does Pleasanton want to be like communities who let their schools go downhill, taking the rest of the town with it?

I'm beginning to think this town is full of uneducated rednecks.


Posted by sad, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I agree, teachers shouldn't lump all parents into the same category. Unfortunately there are a ton of parents in this community that aren't exactly "teacher-friendly" parents and put a bad taste in many teachers mouths. But there are also a lot of absolutely great parents in this community and I know that my teachers friends absolutely recognize that fact and absolutely appreciate it.

My question is: so what? Who cares if the teachers create this website to show what good things are happening on school sites? To Amy, why not??? What is so bad about teachers reaching out to the community and saying look, here is this cool project that the science classes are doing. Or look, here is an awesome campaign simulation that is going on in the Civics classes. Why does there always have to be an ulterior motive?? This website doesn't even mention a parcel tax. In fact, I know that is has NOTHING to do with a parcel tax!! That is just what people perceive it to be, instead of what it REALLY is meant to be.

Not all parents or community members are in tune with what actually happens at PUSD schools. Many just see what is written on these blogs about the parcel tax, about step and column, about teacher raises, about tenure, I could go on and on. And unfortunately there is a negative attitude to our schools and our teachers from many community members. And I don't think anyone can argue with that. Many teachers are tired of constantly having to feel like they have to prove themselves over and over again in emails, blogs, letters to editors, etc. They are run down. They feel defeated. They want people to understand how awesome schools here really are, because the awesome stuff doesn't make the news often. No one can argue with that.

Again I ask, so what? Why can't people take this website at face value?? Wouldn't you be excited to see your son/daughter/grandson/niece, etc, talked about in an article on this website and see true learning happening?? That is the point of this website, not to push any political agenda. And I can honestly say, that from the teachers I have talked to, that is all they want...just the good things to be put out there for the community to see.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm

"I'm beginning to think this town is full of uneducated rednecks."

I don't think name calling is going to win teachers many friends.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

"I strongly believe that government, and the service arms that are supported by government revenues, must responsibly operate within the confines of the revenues available."

I don't know what you're implying with this. Are you saying that what ever tax rates currently exist, that they should never be changed, or at least not raised? I suppose tax cuts would be OK for you, but never tax increases. Is that a fair assumption? For you the tax rates are never too low, only too high or just right? Are they also distributed in the correct proportions to each service? Should the distribution of funds ever change?

When you say "revenues available", I hope you are aware that you can adjust "revenues available" for a specific use by either apportioning more money for that use (and less for others), or buy increasing taxes for that use specifically.


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 4:45 am

Yes Joan, everyone is aware that it is possible to raise taxes. We just don't think it is a good idea.

We also know that it is possible for compensation packages to go down, or at minimum, stay flat. That is the reality of the economy right now.

We are all in favor of funding education. We are just not in favor of increasing taxes to fund raises.


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

"We are all in favor of funding education. We are just not in favor of increasing taxes to fund raises."

This is a great statement. I know for a fact now after talking with some teacher friends that this site is not just to showcase the great work our kids do but an attempt by some teachers to influence public opinion. i appreciate the concessions taken by the teachers union in Pleasanton but I also know that it caused great divide and some are still bitter about the furlough days which essentially are a pay cut. The furlough days did not just benefit the parents and public it saved teachers jobs, which I agree benefits our kids. There is no amount of great work that can cause those of us to change our opinions on higher taxes. We are just as against higher taxes as these teachers were against taking a pay cut. Everything can be phrased to make you sound like a horrible person if you feel one way or the other. Times are tough our teachers are suffering the effects of the economy too. Just because I don't want to pay more does not mean that I do not respect the work they do. I just can't afford to pay any more much like they could not afford pay cuts. It's the same thing yet I am made into a horrible teacher hating person for my views.


Posted by Dark Corners of Town, a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

To 'Amy' - It could be true that there are some with a background motivation for this website. The moment any parcel tax or school funding supporter uses this website to their political/financial advantage, you and others can be all over them for their hypocrisy.
I want to fully support this effort to showcase the great accomplishments and activities of the schools. Excellence encourages excellence. Pride encourages ownership and contribution. Parents and businesses could increase their participation and donations.
More importantly, look at all the great things this school district, parents and students accomplish even with declining PUSD revenues and expenses. All the doomsayers and teeth gnashers might stop and ponder how all this great work continues on.........
More money is not the only answer.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

I wholeheartedly agree with what DCOT said in the above post. It is amazing what is being accomplished in these tough times.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

"We are all in favor of funding education. We are just not in favor of increasing taxes to fund raises."

Just right now, or ever? Do you think teachers or administrators should ever get raises? Should taxes ever be increased? If so when?


Posted by Please, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Amy, what turned you into a horrible, teacher hating person is that your first thought on seeing a website promoting good things in local schools is an ulterior motive. Why can't this site be what it says?


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I am not in any way a teacher hater. You should understand that everything done is done for a reason. The fact that the site itself says that there is no political agenda made me think there was indeed one. In talking to people who know some of the teachers involved it is pretty clear that this is intended to be positive PR for the teachers. PR that is controlled by the teachers. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with that. That is for you to decide but we need to see it for what it is. I do not believe for one moment that this idea was born out of pure altruism.

I do think that teachers and administrators should be compensated well. I do think they work very hard and are worth valuing. I do also think that when there is not enough money it should be up to the teachers union to be able to make concessions to save jobs of their colleagues. There simply is not enough money right now. I am the first one to say that when there is money please do compensate the teachers well. Right now the money is not there and this website, unless it has some income potential, is not going to change that.

PUSD is a wonderful place for kids to go to school, I did not need to read that on a website. I do not have any more money to give to the district though. If I did I would and then the teachers would not have had to take furlough days/pay cuts. I wonder if this website would have happened without that?


Posted by Devon, a resident of Avila
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

Get Lost, Amy! There is nothing wrong with teachers sharing those positive "classroom" experiences with the general public. Haters like you take something so wonderful and twist it out of context to promote hate. Go move somewhere else and take your misery with you.


Posted by Why do you look for a negative motive?, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

Why in the world are we not thrilled that our teachers care so much about our education system in Pleasanton, that they made a website? So many people on these blogs say negative things about the teachers and yet, they have spent minimal time in the classroom.

I think the website is wonderful. Some in this community tend to take our educators for granted and it needs to end. It's time we focus on the positive. Keep it up teachers!


Posted by To Amy, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

I think you need to go back to Kindergarten and learn a basic lesson. If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all.

I'm betting one of the teachers on Positively Pleasanton would love to have you in their class. The 5 and 6 year olds can be your mentors.


Posted by Seriously?, a resident of Avignon
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

"But my point is WHY? It is not like they are in any danger of losing jobs if they are portrayed negatively. So what is this really about?"

Maybe they are professionals and are proud of what they have accomplished. Maybe they feel that some people in this community need to see how thrilled students are to be part of an amazing education system.

Maybe you are incredibly paranoid and need to seek some outside therapy.


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

Because I chose to be cautious I am a hater?
Go on all and drink the cool-aid.
I never said the site was all in all a horrible thing. I just now know for a fact after talking to one of the teachers involved with it that showcasing what happens in the classroom is just one of the goals. The other being to change negative public opinion.
I am tired of some of the teaching community demonizing parents who do not support a parcel tax.
Wonderful things can be done without more money being thrown at a system. These teachers somehow were able to produce a fabulous website promoting the great things my kids are doing all without being paid more.
When there is ample money in the system I would favor paying them more, until then keep doing the amazing work you do!


Posted by Comment Above, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

So, to clarify, you jumped to your own conclusions that the site was developed to convince parents to vote for a parcel tax. It wasn't that you spoke to any of the teachers involved and they told you the secret purpose was to get votes for the parcel tax. You just came to your own, uninformed conclusion.

Could it possibly be that the educators in this town want to keep our education system a positive experience for Pleasanton youths?


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

To Comment Above
I originally questioned the intent because of the proclamation on the site. I have since talked to one teacher actively involved and the teacher stated that the intent was indeed two-fold. "To promote good things kids do and to change public perception so no more cuts are made to education." Those were the words.
Think what you will but I like to be fully informed.


Posted by Sad, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

How is "changing public perception" a negative thing and how does it automatically mean that the website is teachers way to push the parcel tax??? Amy you came on this website and made your assumptions and tried to get everyone else on board.

I don't see anything wrong with the teachers creating a website that shows the positive things that are going on in their classrooms. Yes many parents already know what is going on, but there are also a TON out there who have no idea. There is also this idea that there are many teachers out there that are being inappropriate in their classrooms, talking about layoffs and the parcel tax and budget cuts, and maybe there are a few of these, but this community also has lumped all teachers in one category and its just not true. I think it is really unfortunate that the teachers felt they had to come to this conclusion and that people couldn't see the great things on their own. If this is what teachers felt they had to do so that this community will finally get it, that good things are happening, that they are worth keeping around and fighting for, that they are worth fundraising for, that their child's classroom is worth it, then Amen to the teachers and keep working on it!


Posted by To Amy, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I honestly don't understand how you can consider yourself to be fully informed. You jumped to your own conclusion after simply looking at the website. I find it hard to believe that you've spoken to so many teachers who were involved in the making of the site. How did you know which teachers were a part of it?

Please don't call yourself informed. You say that a teacher told you it was designed to showcase what was going on in the classroom and the other is to change negative public opinion. So where does the parcel tax come in? Is this from your "informants"?


Posted by Dark Corners of Town, a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

"How did you know which teachers were a part of it?"
For starters, each article has an author and the website has named registrant.


Posted by Nothing changes, a resident of Charter Oaks
on Jun 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I think it's a nice idea what the teachers have done but I feel sad for them that they have to waste their time on something that will change no opinions. My son's teacher tells me she has never heard of this so I think Amy may have somethign when she says that it's just a few teachers? Is this a small group or a district wide effort? Who gets to showcase the kids? I would love to see something about my kid on there. How do I submit something great?


Posted by sad, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jun 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I have heard the website is in its beginning stages. They haven't really made the big push publicly for it yet. I'm sure it will be awesome when people other than teachers submit articles as well! This community needs to pull together and start celebrating how awesome our schools are, not criticize them!


Posted by To Sad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

So Sad you question who Amy's sources are, who are your sources?
NO PARCEL TAX FOR ME!
If the teachers want to make a website about all the awesome things they do fine by me but I am not paying them to do it.


Posted by Nice but, a resident of Avila
on Jun 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I think the achievement of our kids is plenty of evidence that people are doing their jobs just fine even with the decrease in funding and I don't think any teachers are starving because of the pay cuts.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

"by me but I am not paying them to do it."

I don't see where anyone is asking you to pay for it. Maybe you don't want to pay your property taxes? Some people have posted saying they don't think they should pay any taxes. Maybe you're one of those people.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

"promote the work you do"

There is a problem with this?


Posted by Land of the Free, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Teachers can promote anything they want, on their own dime. Stop harassing me to donate or pay a parcel tax. This is undeniably a ploy to make the teachers involved seem more worthy of the step and column increases. Truth is let them fester where else are they going to go and earn $100k a year? I don't care that they don't work as many days as the rest of us, the job really must suck anyway. More furlough days equals more money saved for the district and more time for the teachers to create websites. Maybe they can start doing such work for a company that will pay them and then we don't have to deal with the beggars at the schools in the morning asking for my $150.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

To resident,

"Others have even, laughably, attempted to convince the public that everyone is doing fine … income is actually up … there is no job loss/income loss/wealth reduction/financial crisis. "

Please show me were anyone has said "everyone is doing fine", or "there is no job loss".

Did someone say that to you on the street? Did you read it on Pleasanton Weekly? If so, please show it to us.

Was is just some anonymous comment? If so, anyone could have posted such a comment just to create controversy, or to make the other side of an argument sound ridiculous.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I hate to be the one to point this out - NOT.
The website will probably have as many readers as this blog poor well intended teachers are wasting their time.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Web Link

what parents leave for their kids: LEGACY


Posted by Mom in the know, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jun 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I know that this site is not all good it's smoke and mirrors and I will not pay more to the schools in the form of a parcel tax. If the teachers have time to devote to this website they can find the time they need to do their jobs well. They are well compensateed and I appreciate the concessions they made to save jobs and hence save programs. I am fine with them saving jobs first.


Posted by Mygosh, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Possibly teachers just want to stop being bashed and lumped in one group of "do nothings". How do you know the postings are happening on school time, maybe people are putting things there on their own time. Should we assume you are posting on this blog during your work time?
I do not understand what is so wrong about showcasing good things happening in our schools. Not all actions by every teacher are about getting a parcel tax passed. I know it might seem hard to believe, but most teachers like their jobs, are good at their jobs, and care about what they are doing. A website cannot harassing you to do anything, if you don't want to look at it, don't.


Posted by GeorgeH, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm

This site is about the teachers. Not about the accomplishments of the students. I have to agree with Amy that there is a "hidden agenda".
I like reading great things about what the kids are doing and I feel that I do know a lot about all the wonderful things that happen in PUSD. I don't know everything but this whole thing makes me wonder why the teachers felt the need to do this. It seems like it would be time consuming and many teachers have complained about lack of time to work.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

"It seems like it would be time consuming and many teachers have complained about lack of time to work. "

I don't remember seeing them complaining about lack of time to work. I remember them objecting to the idea that they didn't work hard. If you're that concerned about the teachers not having enough time for this, why not volunteer to work on it yourself?


Posted by to reader, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

"If you're that concerned about the teachers not having enough time for this, why not volunteer to work on it yourself?"
Because I don't have a need or agenda to promote. That's why. It is a pointless project repeating what is already done. The schools have so many needs these people should focus on those.


Posted by All about the money, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I know some of these teachers too and some are well intentioned but not all of them are. Some are very bitter about the pay cuts and they think that the site will help prevent future ones.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

"Because I don't have a need or agenda to promote. That's why. It is a pointless project repeating what is already done. "

Repeating what is already done? You could add a lot more. If you know a lot about all the wonderful things teachers are doing, why not help bring some attention to it. You don't need an agenda. You can just do it to let people in the community know what a treasure our school system is.


Posted by All about the money, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Please hold your breath for this group of teachers to ask for their pay raises, especially in light of the balanced budget proposed for the next two years. It will happen that's what all this showboating is all about.


Posted by WhatItIs, a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

Positively Promoting Parcel Taxes.


Posted by a reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

To "WhatItIs",

Please give the reasons why you are promoting parcel taxes? Are you promoting parcel taxes for Pleasanton? What would be the terms and conditions? What would be the amount?


Posted by GimmeABreak, a resident of Happy Valley
on Jun 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

Do you think these teachers will post their summer "accomplishments"? Maybe photos of their vacations? Get real people this is a web site for teachers to show off. It's like back to school night where the teachers just have kids do stuff that looks good. Why don't the people in this district focus on substance?


Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Why do people in this district not recognize substance when they see it?

Since you have no idea what teachers do in the summer, maybe they should post the many jobs, trainings, and programs they are a part of, all in order to bring substance to the classroom in the fall.


Posted by Substance?, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

"Why do people in this district not recognize substance when they see it?"

What if we do recognize that teachers are great and work hard but we just feel that in the current state of the economy some furlough days are/were warranted? Then are we villains? Pleasanton teachers are well paid and respected by the community. It's the whining for more that we can't take. No - you will never be paid as much as a CEO or other private industry worker but you teachers chose your path knowing it was not one of huge financial rewards. Get over it do your job or leave. This website is another attempt to make the teachers look more valuable. It's arrogant and unnecessary. Do more with less like the rest of us and get over the fact that you are not wealthy. Stop pushing parcel taxes in sneaky ways.


Posted by To Substance?, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm

To Substance?

Can you please give an example of how you and others like you have recognized that PUSD teachers are great and work hard? A majority of people on these posts blame teachers for things that are beyond their control or will take credit for their child's high test scores and tell everyone the teacher had nothing to do with it (I saw one post where a parent claimed to go over the released STAR questions with their child every night in order to prepare them for the state test-please!!!).

Kudos to the teachers for making their own website. It's about time we focus on some positive things around here.


Posted by Substance, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Oh yes, kudos to the poor disrespected teachers. I actually used to think quite highly of our educators until I realized that they behave like my spoiled children. Must I constantly praise them for them to feel respected? I guess just sending my kids to school prepared and donating large sums to the district just is not enough. I do not support a parcel tax and I do not support teacher raises in this economy but that does not mean I do not respect the professionals who do the job, I just wish that they would act like that professionals.
To the person above, are you really going to characterize an entire community based on negative blog posts? Are you that small minded to think that these people represent the majority?? You are likely one of the whining negative teachers that had to partake in the website to help you feel better.


Posted by To Substance?, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Wow! Have to say your post was incredibly rude. Way to jump to conclusions. You have a nasty attitude and I suggest you send your kids to private school.

And no, I am not a teacher. I'm just sick of the comments on this site.


Posted by What's it really about?, a resident of Avila
on Jun 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Maybe they are trying to be Positively Profitable? Trying to look good to get that parcel tax through. This site must be, in some way, connected or supported by the district office.

The school district is in the process of putting together a new big push for a parcel tax.


Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Maybe it's an experiment to see how many in this community can be positive as well. Look how many who posted can only think only the worst, most deceptive, and manipulative motives....maybe that's why they called it Positively Pleasanton Schools- it is too hard for some posters here to be positive or think that anyone would do something on their own because they love what they do and are proud of their student's accomplishments. How sad for those who only see the negative.


Posted by A teacher, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I am a teacher and this conversation is very interesting to me. I think both sides have some valid points. When this site was explained to me it was presented as a way to stop the negativity and prevent future assaults to our pay. I don't know if there are talks about it being tied to a parcel tax push but some of the people involved do view it as a tool to gain public support. That's not to say that all PUSD teachers feel that way and this site is supposed to represent all of our work.

It does seem that sometimes if people disagree or have a different point of view that others may deem them negative. I think this is the case many times when teachers pay comes up. That may be where the negativity comes in. Not all teachers feel that the public is negative if a parcel tax is not supported. I personally feel that it is unfortunate for our district to lose so many great employees but I do also understand that each person has the right to make a choice with out being called negative. Just my thoughts.


Posted by To Substance?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Start paying your taxes for a change, or better yet, do something useful with your life for a change. Stop sitting around collecting welfare checks.


Posted by Propaganda, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Jun 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

I don't like my kids being used a propaganda. Great schools do not need to do these sorts of things to gain support. They need to solve problems and produce great members of society. These are very small minds.


Posted by To Propaganda, a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

" These are very small minds."

You mean the children are small and therefore their minds are small? I'm having trouble understanding this sentence.

"Great schools do not need to do these sorts of things to gain support. "

I don't know, take a look at the newsletters or brochures at any of the top private schools or colleges and you'll see the same sort of material. The site looks pretty good to me. By the way, Pleasanton has a reputation for good schools.


Posted by Wasted time, a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Jul 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

In light of another article in the PW about the massive amount of drugs and alcohol being consumed at school I can't help but think that this website is something to help make a declining school system look good. Perhaps the adults should be spending their time on more important things like getting to know our kids? My son said that 90% of the time his teachers are sitting at their computers. No doubt making self promoting websites.


Posted by To wasted time, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

"My son said that 90% of the time his teachers are sitting at their computers. No doubt making self promoting websites."

Anyone who takes what that kid says seriously needs to have his head examined. Or maybe you're just a kid posting to this site?

"declining school system" -- sure. Check the test scores.

"massive amount of drugs and alcohol being consumed " -- I must have missed those articles about "massive amounts"


Posted by what a joke, a resident of Avila
on Jul 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Another attempt to look good from a sub standard group of employees.


Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

I guess you didn't view the site, read the achievement of the students in this town, or the innovative programs implemented in PUSD. There is nothing substandard about the education system here. Ranked in the top 10% in the state is not substandard. This site is not about the teachers. Every educator knows that a good education system is a partnership between students, teachers, parents, and the community. The site is there to help educate the community about the innovation that is taking place above and beyond the standards, since many (who post here) show their lack of knowledge about what is taking place in our schools. The cynicism of some unfortunately is taken as fact, at least the website shows actions rather than baseless accusations that many write here.


Posted by Critic, a resident of Avila
on Jul 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

"at least the website shows action" Yes it shows the action they want us to see. They are really good at tooting their own horns this bunch. I guess that's why we need negative blogs to provide the other side of the story. If we leave it up to this group it will be a big smokescreen and none of the problems will ever be addressed. In every good system you need critics and if these teachers can't handle being criticized a bit then they should think about what they are doing and find a job with more praise. For every child they feature on that website I could find two who are on "the bottom" who are not successful who are not being served by our wonderful school district. Showcasing the best is a way of hiding the rest.


Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

You act as though these students who are on the bottom are not being served. How have you educated yourself about what action planning is taking place to meet their needs? And again, the partnership is important to remember here- it is not just what the school is doing, it includes what the parents, and the student are doing as well. With many issues, it is not just the school that can solve it. You can go into any school site and find out information about how at risk student needs are being met. This is something that is not appropriate to be published on website, but just because you don't see it, doesn't mean the services are not provided. Some like to only focus on the negative, I see this site as a balance to that.


Posted by Critic, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Really?
Yes, your little website of great teaching will quiet all the naysayers.


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