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Torlakson praises new federal school lunch guidelines, though policy lacks funding

Original post made on Jan 14, 2011

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has praised proposed stronger federal school meal nutrition standards, but expressed concerns that unless accompanied by more funding, compliance would be a challenge for schools.

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Posted by john
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

HE IS MORE INTERESTED IN THEIR LUNCHES THAN IN TEACHING THEM!


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Posted by wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

"Fifty-five percent of California's 6.2 million students receive free or reduced-price meals."

Can this be true?? 55%?!


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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

"Study after study tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day..." I thought we were talking about school lunches? Now we're also talking about free breakfast? How can the quoted 55% of the free/reduced school lunches be correct? That's a huge and disturbing number of children that aren't being provided the basic needs by their parents! Shocking!!!I


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

There is so much waste in our failing school system. I am beginning to believe that every aspect of our school system is wasteful, poorly run and dangerously inadequate.
Of course lunch should be provided for students that are in need. I wonder how many families really need this help and how many take it because it is free. Every one who abuses the system takes away from those that are truly in need.
Abuse of the services in place, continuing to pay bad teachers to damage our children are just two of the many factors contributing to our bankrupt system. Even those of us with children in the so called good school districts quickly realize they too are failing. Private tutoring and help outside of school surely are why students preform better in wealthier neighborhoods. The public schools unfairly take credit.
Lets make an attempt to fix things before loading more onto a already over extended,inefficient broken system.

Michelle Rhee founder of studentsfirst.org is on the right track. Please consider joining to help get the momentum in the right direction and take power back from the teachers union.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Sue,

You don't know what you are talking about. We moved to Pleasanton from a poorer performing district. The school system here has been better in every way. We haven't hired any private tutors and our children are doing very well. The teachers actually teach the subjects and demand a great deal from the students. That wasn't happening in the other district. My friends in other good (or even better) districts like Palo Alto say the same thing. Schools in Pleasanton, San Ramon, or Palo Alto are not "dangerously inadequate", they are very good.

You clearly have some kind of personal problem with unions or government in general. Deal with that and stop spreading nonsense.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Concerned parent,

That depends on what you are comparing our schools to. California schools do not rank high relative to other states which can not compete with other developed country. The schools are not that great as is and we can look forward to more cuts. There are many wonderful teachers in Pleasanton but unfortunately many bad ones also. Especially at the middle and high school level. The system is very broken nation wide, it favors the needs of teachers above students. I have been very involved for years in several of the schools from elementary to high school. I used to think as you do but have slowly changed my mind. The only force that will move things in the right direction is parent support of good teachers and standing up to the bad ones. What a waste of tax payer dollars some are.
I am glad this is a better place for your family. Good Luck!

By the way are you a teacher or in a union?

Again Michelle Rhee studentsfirts.org.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

oops! Michelle Rhee studentsfirst.org.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I think we should do away with free lunches. Schools are here to educate, not to feed people. If a family is too poor to afford food, they need to go through the welfare agency or food stamps or something, but not burden the schools, which are already facing huge deficits!


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Posted by Hardworking Mom
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I have a couple of friends who work in the Pleasanton middle school cafeteria. They told me that many of the kids getting the free meals throw away a lot of the food, yet have pocket money to buy snacks like cookies and chips. There really is so much waste, and people like me continue to work hard at our jobs to pay the taxes to fund these programs. 55%? That should be your clue.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

"That depends on what you are comparing our schools to. California schools do not rank high relative to other states which can not compete with other developed country. The schools are not that great as is and we can look forward to more cuts."

That is a bunch of bull. Look at our test scores (including advanced placement scores). Look at our college placement rates. And by the way we came from another state and have lived in another developed country. My friends in other districts like Palo Alto or Lafayette are likewise happy with their schools. And we've been here for many years too.

"The system is very broken nation wide"

We are talking about "so called good school districts".

Do you have any experience with bad schools? Do you know what they are like?

"By the way are you a teacher or in a union?"

No, I've never been in a union in my life. Do you assume that anyone who disagrees with you must be in a union?

"Private tutoring and help outside of school surely are why students preform better in wealthier neighborhoods"

Sounds like maybe your children needed a lot of extra help? I'm glad they managed to get the help they needed.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

WOW!! I must have hit a nerve you are really bellirgent!
Actually all my children are gate identified and have always received excellent grades. I still think the school are lacking and we need to be able to get rid of bad teachers and have more say about how money is spent. Teachers unions have too much power and do not place the students needs first. All kids should have lunch every day but the school lunch program like many others sounds like it is wasteful and not very well run.

Cyber bullies are always anonomous! Hope you feel better!
Please join studentsfirst.org, Michelle Rhee founder and CEO.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

"Actually all my children are gate identified and have always received excellent grades."

But they needed all that "Private tutoring and help", right? Isn't that what you said? Wonder why my children didn't need that and my oldest is doing very well at Cal? Maybe it was just luck or something. Maybe the University of California is a "broken" school too and his good grades don't mean much of anything? Do you know anything about it?

Look lady, you come here spewing nonsense like "Private tutoring and help outside of school surely are why students preform better in wealthier neighborhoods. The public schools unfairly take credit." Or, "Lets make an attempt to fix things before loading more onto a already over extended, inefficient broken system." And then you're surprised when people with children actually in the system respond. You keep trumpeting some personal web site that you say will fix our broken schools in Pleasanton. I've got news for you lady. The schools in Pleasanton, Palo Alto, Cupertino, and San Ramon aren't broken. They're good schools. Sure we can always strive to improve them, but we need to support them.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

"Cyber bullies are always anonomous"

Oh, and now anyone who disagrees with you is a "cyber bully". Wonderful.

"I still think the school are lacking"

Did you ever consider home schooling or private school?


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

The web site I listed is not personal. Michelle Rhee is the former chancellor of the public schools in Washington D.C. She founded The New Teachers Project which helped recruit wonderful new teachers in many states. Most recently she started Students first, a nation wide political advocacy group working on education reform nationwide.

You seem to have issues.

Studentsfirst.org.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

Sue,

For all we know you have never even been to Pleasanton and your working for that organization and spamming local web site. It is pretty obvious from all you "Eat at Joe's" postings that you are somehow involved with that organization. It is also obvious that you don't know much anything about this community or the other ones that I mentioned.

"You seem to have issues."

Have a look at this.

Web Link


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Anomymous,

I have no idea what you are talking about. You mut be a teacher because I have never meet a parent that was angered by the suggestion that bad teachers should be fired! If you are a teacher I rest my case. We need to keep mentally unstable people away from our kids

You are a coward and a cyber bully! You have no credibility and you lie! I believe you are the one that does not live in Pleasant.

I know you would miss this so just for you!
Michelle Rhee studentsfirst.org.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

"You mut be a teacher because I have never meet a parent that was angered by the suggestion that bad teachers should be fired!"

I am not a teacher, I am a parent. I am not "angered". I'm completely disagreeing with your characterization of Pleasanton Unified School District. Many of parents like me have worked hard to make sure that we have an excellent district. You seem determined to discredit our schools.

And now you resort to name calling. I don't think that's doing a lot to help your cause. But if you want to just keep spamming this blog, that is up to you.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Anonymous,

You were the one who started getting belligerent and personal. Don't answer me when you are hiding behind anonymity! There are not many parents who have given more in time and money as I have to the schools. There are major problem in our schools.

You are a coward and sounds like you are unstable.

Are you a union agitator? You should be worried about Michelle Rhee!


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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Sue I'm with you,
And anonymous can we call you ...? ... Don't worry about all the kids that don't have as easy a time or a ....

Not very professional of you! (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jan 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

...I wonder if other parents in Pleasanton would like to view this blog? (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)


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Posted by Also Sue...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I'm sure you don't even realize how mean and childish you are sounding Sue et al. Whatever point you were attempting to make is completely lost ... and attacks on others. I wonder why the instant jump to the conclusion anyone who disagrees with you is a teacher? Are you insinuating that teachers are not also community members, parents with children in PUSD, tax payers, allowed to have an opinion? The fact that you show so little respect for the professionals who have resounding success with our children says so much. (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

You are the one who became childish and war like. Go back and read your earlier postings, they are .... I do believe you have some connection to the school, .... You made this personal and you are the one who is ....
I believe I already know who you are. You will be exposed eventually. You would not be so tough face to face. But as you are a ...I am sure you will not own up to your nasty comments! I will not answer your anonymous nasty postings. You have no credibility and you are a .... You should know nothing is really anonymous.

You really should get help with your numerous issues!

Oh I almost forgot Michelle Rhee studentsfirst.org. I think we have all had enough of ...like you in our schools! (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Sue,

It sounds like you want to just keep spamming these blogs. You can just keep posting your ads over and over. OK. Best of luck to you.


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Posted by guest
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

The Census stats on the poverty.
Web Link


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Avignon
on Jan 18, 2011 at 3:10 am

You brought my kids into this. I spoke in generalities. There is a problem at the schools with anonymous bullies and here you are likely teachers and members of the school board engaging in cyber bullying. Not just going after my kids personally makes you a bully but the fact that you are anonymous does as well. I will do my best to bring this to the attention of the school officials. Maybe I can't do much but at least they will be aware. Eventually you will pay the price.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Sue,

You are just as anonymous as I am.

"I will do my best to bring this to the attention of the school officials. "

Bring what to whose attention?

You said,

" Even those of us with children in the so called good school districts quickly realize they too are failing. Private tutoring and help outside of school surely are why students preform better in wealthier neighborhoods. The public schools unfairly take credit."

So which is it. Do they need private tutoring and help or not? It was you who said it.

"...are likely teachers and members of the school board engaging in cyber bullying."

Funny.


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