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SCHOOLS & KIDS

editorials call for teachers to sacrifice

Tim Hunt's column for the Bay Area News Group chastised teachers unions for their posturing this week. Read it for yourself,...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Mar. 15, 2009
Last comment by Sandy, on Mar 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm | 9 comments | 1522 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Superintendent search process

Last Friday, the PUSD board hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to assist with the search for a new Superintendent....

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Nov. 16, 2009
Last comment by Kathleen Ruegsegger, on Nov 18, 2009 at 7:33 am | 38 comments | 1725 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

CA Governor's budget proposals and their impact on public education

I found a fact sheet prepared by the office of the governor that provides some useful detail beyond what he said in his speech...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Jan. 8, 2010
Last comment by Resident, on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm | 11 comments | 1065 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Radical solution to CA's education crisis: lay off 40% of CA teachers?

Let me make it clear up front that I do not support this proposed solution, but I'm open to debating how it would or wouldn't...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Jan. 29, 2010
Last comment by Sandy Piderit, on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:01 am | 10 comments | 1279 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Another PUSD Budget Proposal for Debate

Here's a new take on how to close the $8 million gap for 10/11, and help keep the budget in balance for 11/12. I'm just brainstorming...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Jan. 30, 2010
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Feb 2, 2010 at 9:54 am | 93 comments | 2367 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Pros and Cons of different approaches to balancing the PUSD budget

As suggested by Stacey at the end of a thread: "I think what may be useful is to develop a list of the pros and cons of...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Feb. 2, 2010
Last comment by Sandy, on Feb 5, 2010 at 8:54 am | 38 comments | 1801 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

How should California state pensions work?

I don't know much about how pensions for state employees work. CalPers, CalSTRS.... I don't even know the acronyms. I can...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Feb. 26, 2010
Last comment by Stacey, on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:44 am | 51 comments | 1644 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

Upcoming Webcasts: California's Budget

I thought this series of live webcasts might be of interest to forum readers... http://asmdc.org/issues/budget/...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Apr. 24, 2010
Last comment by Webcast to say what? More marketing?, on Apr 25, 2010 at 7:21 am | 2 comments | 773 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Congratulations to the new school board members

It was an honor to campaign alongside Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen, and I trust that they will put kids first in their new...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Nov. 3, 2010
Last comment by Arroyo, on Nov 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm | 4 comments | 1306 Views

COMMENTS ON STORIES

A call for a redesigned town square

The New York Times published an interesting op-ed, titled "Online, Anonymity Breeds Contempt": http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/opinion/30zhuo.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&src=...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on Nov. 30, 2010
Last comment by Factual, on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm | 22 comments | 2292 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board agenda for Tuesday May 8 includes TA with APT

I was looking at the full board packet (famay082012.PDF) yesterday and saw a hopeful sign: the board will be considering...

Original post made by Sandy Piderit on May. 7, 2012
Last comment by Stacey, on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 am | 9 comments | 1484 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Drug rehabilitation

Drug rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is an umbrella term for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic...

Original post made by sandy2008 on Nov. 13, 2008
Last comment by unclehomerr.., on Nov 24, 2008 at 6:27 pm | 5 comments | 1690 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Vehicle Crash Lots of Police at Santa Rita and Valley

A chase? There was a loud crash, followed immediately by many flashing police lights late last night, Friday or Sat morning. Q....

Original post made by Santa Rita/Valley Police Activity? on Feb. 19, 2011
Last comment by Wow how silly, on Feb 20, 2011 at 3:12 am | 1 comment | 1791 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

How to request public information

Those of us taxpayers, need to fully investigate the school district activities for the spending of taxpayers dollars. You...

Original post made by Sara on Mar. 21, 2009
There are no comments yet. 1330 Views

SPORTS

Kevin Laue - Basketball Scholarship for former AVHS player with 1 hand

This video is featured under the Sports Highlights section of the Yahoo homepage. http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/13677966 Some...

Original post made by Sara on May. 28, 2009
Last comment by His_wife18, on Oct 23, 2009 at 6:21 am | 3 comments | 1811 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Teachers Held Hostage

My elementary son came home today with a note from his teacher, asking me to please vote for measuure G to save her job....

Original post made by Sara on May. 29, 2009
Last comment by paul, on May 31, 2009 at 12:37 am | 13 comments | 1492 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

Calif. Business Exodus 'Explodes' in 1st Half Total Doubles Entire Previous Year

I am in the process of assisting ANOTHER company in Calif. move (to conservative Texas). I lay the blame at the incredible...

Original post made by Sara on Jul. 30, 2010
Last comment by Fact, on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm | 5 comments | 971 Views

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"Reviving our Constitution"... a wonderful online video resource (a freebie too)

This is not likely covered in much detail in our local schools...nor is it required in most US colleges. If you have...

Original post made by Sara on Aug. 3, 2010
Last comment by Get Educated, on Aug 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | 1 comment | 912 Views

STATE, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL

McNerney voted "YES" to protect pedophiles (H.R. 1913)

Doubt me? Here is info about this bill which passed. Tho it is called a "Hate Crimes" bill (Democrats are always deceptive...

Original post made by Sara on Aug. 10, 2010
Last comment by lisa, on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm | 19 comments | 1783 Views

AROUND TOWN

Mission Park Garbage

I have grown up in Mission Park. My brothers and long time friends played there when cows lined up against the basketball...

Original post made by Sara Walls on Nov. 17, 2009
Last comment by Janna, on Nov 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm | 3 comments | 1268 Views
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Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.
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What to do with your buckets of water
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How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
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