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SCHOOLS & KIDS

what I heard at the Feb. 24th school board meeting

I stayed all the way to the end. There were some important decisions made tonight. First, the board is going forward...

Original post made by Sandy on Feb. 25, 2009
Last comment by Jeb Bing, on Mar 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm | 53 comments | 3749 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

webcast available from Feb. 24 school board meeting

For all those who were unable to attend... the video recording of last Tuesday's board meeting is now available online at...

Original post made by Sandy on Mar. 1, 2009
Last comment by Terrence, on Mar 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm | 1 comment | 1251 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

what makes a good teacher?

I'm curious to find out what readers here consider the characteristics of good teachers. How would you tell the difference...

Original post made by Sandy on Mar. 3, 2009
Last comment by Karen, on Mar 9, 2009 at 10:13 am | 16 comments | 1756 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

negotiating teachers' contracts

I have done some homework about the process for negotiating teachers' contracts. According to the CTA, school districts and...

Original post made by Sandy on Apr. 25, 2009
Last comment by Carl, on Apr 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm | 20 comments | 1394 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

Register to vote for elections on May 19 and June 2

I was speaking to one of my neighbors the other day about the upcoming elections and she said she had not yet received her...

Original post made by Sandy on Apr. 30, 2009
Last comment by yikes123, on May 2, 2009 at 9:55 am | 4 comments | 1506 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

progress toward balancing the school budget

State budget cuts are forcing the Pleasanton school district to cut $9.7 million from the school budget. The district has...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 1, 2009
Last comment by Office Worker, on May 2, 2009 at 10:12 am | 18 comments | 1240 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

Today is the last day to register to vote on May 19!

Any citizen who wants to vote on 1A - 1F must be registered by today. There are instructions on how to register in my previous...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 5, 2009
There are no comments yet. 1105 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

San Ramon votes on parcel tax today

Today is the last day for San Ramon voters to get their mail ballots in before counting begins. They face a decision about...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 5, 2009
Last comment by Diana, on May 6, 2009 at 8:16 am | 4 comments | 1081 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

flexibility in allocating state funds to schools

At the last school district meeting I attended, a list of categorical funds that had been reduced by the state was distributed....

Original post made by Sandy on May. 5, 2009
Last comment by Parent who is voting NO ON G, on May 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm | 5 comments | 1104 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

how step and column salaries work for Pleasanton teachers

I want to summarize some basic facts about step and column salaries for teachers. Since teachers do not receive bonuses,...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 7, 2009
Last comment by anon reply, on May 9, 2009 at 8:45 am | 66 comments | 2395 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Where the $9.7 million estimate for cuts came from

Last night at the school board meeting, around 9:35 or 9:40 pm, Luz Cazares provided a recap of why the cabinet and board...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 13, 2009
Last comment by parent, on May 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm | 55 comments | 2178 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Rules on Using Stimulus Funds Not Clear

Here's an exerpt from an article in today's San Jose Mercury News: "the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds for California...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 15, 2009
Last comment by Ptown resident, on May 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm | 4 comments | 1066 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

"No on G" guarantees larger class sizes

With the uncertainty about how the governor's May revise will affect next year's school budget, it is hard to know how severe...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 15, 2009
Last comment by Privatize, on May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm | 23 comments | 1319 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

State Education Budget Faces Additional Cuts

In the May Revise to the State Budget, announced last week, the Governor adjusted the February budget to close the gap that...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 18, 2009
Last comment by Pleasanton Parent, on May 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm | 8 comments | 1124 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

how could class sizes stay small if measure G does not pass?

I don't see how it will be possible for class sizes to stay small if measure G fails. I made a previous post with the title...

Original post made by Sandy on May. 25, 2009
Last comment by Sandy, on May 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm | 8 comments | 1243 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

PUSD board meets Wednesday and Friday this week, Tuesday next week

Special board meetings are scheduled for June 3, at 6 pm, and June 5, at 5 pm. (There's also a meeting next week, June 9,...

Original post made by Sandy on Jun. 2, 2009
Last comment by Sandy, on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm | 1 comment | 991 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

PUSD summary of board actions on June 3

I just received an email via the district's e-connection, which briefly summarizes the action taken at last night's board...

Original post made by Sandy on Jun. 4, 2009
Last comment by Sandy, on Jun 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm | 3 comments | 1052 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

coordinating classroom volunteers: would this help the schools?

I know that many parents volunteer in classrooms in the district. I wonder, though, how equitable that process is, if volunteers...

Original post made by Sandy on Jun. 6, 2009
Last comment by different resident, on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm | 18 comments | 1311 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

shorten the school year, Mercury News recommends

I would like to hear reactions to this San Jose Mercury News editorial from Sunday's paper. Editorial: Shorten school...

Original post made by sandy on Jun. 8, 2009
Last comment by PToWN94566, on Jun 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm | 18 comments | 1482 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

PUSD admins don't have jobs back yet

This is a follow-up to Peter's post: http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/square/index.php?i=3&d=1&t=2359 The board considered...

Original post made by Sandy on Jun. 23, 2009
Last comment by Resident, on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm | 15 comments | 1495 Views
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Lulu is back home!!!!
By Roz Rogoff | 5 comments | 840 views