More cuts loom for PUSD Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Feb 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm
A snafu with a posted date kept the Pleasanton school board from "sunshining" negotiations with its teacher's union, but the board did hear about yet another round of proposed cuts at its meeting Tuesday.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:00 AM
Posted by AD, a member of the Mohr Elementary School community, on Feb 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm
I wonder what percentage of the PUSD budget is spent on human resources in general. Aren't there other ways to reduce the budget as well - like other capital and operating expenditures, re-negotiating contracts with suppliers, optimizing operations and so on!
Easy solutions to cut headcount and increase class sizes are just that : EASY.
I am not pointing fingers - as I am not familiar with the education industry value chain -- but do feel that sometimes there is too much focus on the easy rather than the right size solutions.
Would be really helpful if Pleasanton Weekly could publish some expert analysis on this topic.
Posted by Helen, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:18 am
The counselors and psychologists are absolutely needed in our schools. The pressures for kids to excel are overwhelming nowdays. Often the pressure and expectations come from well-intentioned parents and family members! Having school counselors available and accessible to students is critical to keeping kids in school. Kids who drop out aren't likely to be able to get jobs and become productive members of society. It's much more logical and cost-effective to prevent kids from spiraling downwards rather than helping them get direction and resources as they get older - that's if they even seek help at that point. There is a relationship between crime and dropout rates; our entire community benefits by keeping kids in school.
Posted by No more fat to cut, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:22 am
PUSD HR and Admin. staff has been the first to go in every cutback. Last I heard there is very little to cut there without closing the administrative offices all together. Unfortunately, we are at the point that there is no extra fat to cut. All cuts are going to hurt all students from library, class size, remedial help, counsellors, GATE, Special Ed., etc. Our school board has very little choice, our teachers have very little choice...what WILL help is passage of the $98 parcel tax, but it will not solve the problems.
Posted by Capsized by Illegals, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:58 am
The first thing the Pleasanton School District should do to help the budget shortfall is to call ICE in to determine how many of the children in the Pleasanton schools are illegals, or the children of illegals. Then they should contact some media outlets that would actually cover the issue to put heat on ICE to actually deport the illegals. Once all the illegals are cleared out then they should look to see how many positions could be eliminated because of few students and all the money wasted on things like ELD and special aids needed to service the illegals.
This is just a precursor of what is to come. By 2014, virtually all the schools in the Tri-Valley will be "failing" schools, even though most of them are in the top 10% in the state. No Child Left Behind is a very ill-conceived law that needs to be overturned. The best thing that could happen to schools is to enforce our immigration laws and to get the state and local governments out of running schools. That's a function that is much better done at the local level.
By the way, when is the City Council (dominated by the 3 stooges) and the City Police going to do something about all the illegals in Pleasanton. It took the Feds to smoke out the illegal immigration scam going on at Tri-Valley University (Wow, the dolt Napolitano actually did something!)