Please support effort to keep class sizes at 25:1 in Pleasanton
Original post made by Keep class sizes low team, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 28, 2011
We have raised over $150k in pledges to support keeping class sizes at 25:1 in K-3 with more than 450 parents, grandparents, teachers and community members contributing. All of this in less than two weeks! We want to say a huge thank you to all who have pledged and supported the efforts to date. www.pleasantoncsr.org/endorse.html.
However, we have a lot more work to do. The deadline to pledge, June 10th, is fast approaching. Schools are gearing up for the larger class sizes, but we still have a chance to change things if we try! We need everyone to help get our message out as it would be heartbreaking for class sizes to go up just because people didn't know about this effort.
A flyer to support this effect is available to download on our website www.pleasantoncsr.org. Please print out a few copies and bring them to the places you go, it will make a difference.
Again, pledges will only be converted if we can achieve a 25:1 result! Time is short but we still have a chance to make an important difference.
To those who haven't heard about what we're doing yet, we've provided a brief description of the effort below. Let's get the word out so those who want to be part of the solution still can.
Thank you again for all of your help!
The Keep Class Sizes Low Team
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Background: Pleasanton Schools Need Your Help
Given the current school budget situation in Pleasanton, PUSD has approved budget cuts, which include raising class sizes in Kindergarten - 3rd grade from 25 (students):1 (teacher) to 30:1 next year. This is after an increase of 20:1 to 25:1 two years ago.
A concerned group of parents are raising pledges to try to keep class sizes at 25:1, as smaller class sizes are hugely beneficial to the younger students. We have 4000 students in K-3 which would equate to a pledge of $325 per student to make this happen. Knowing that not everyone can sponsor a child, please consider whether you can sponsor additional children, but any contribution is appreciated.
Once pledges are collected to reach our goal (there is a June 10th deadline), we will only ask people to convert their pledges if we can gain district agreement to keep class sizes at 25:1. The campaign will move to PPIE (Pleasanton Partnerships in Education) and they will collect the donation into a special account designated just for class size reduction. All funds will be tax deductible (Tax Id = 94-3046738).
This effort is in addition to CORE and we highly recommend donating to both.