PARENTS BEWARE - your childs education is at stake Around Town, posted by Taxpayers & Pensions, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm
It isn't just the bankruptcy of "other" cities we need to concern ourselves with. While city pension’s issues make headlines what's being ignored is the pension crisis about to consume the scarce resources of the PUSD, and school districts everywhere in California.
Wait until the Pleasanton Unified School District gets honest about the pension crisis bearing down on our school district. If School Board candidates aren’t aware of the issue they shouldn’t be elected. If school administrators fail to respond to questions regarding the coming CalSTRS pension issues they should be challenged.
It will be so Budget Ugggly school officials will have a difficult time claiming ignorance. When the CalSTRS (teacher’s retirement system) pension tsunami hits it will hit all districts extremely hard because districts can't afford the additional cost of 16% of payroll - PARENTS BEWARE. The teachers unions will claim they didn't see it coming and produce videos of young children in tears and teachers claiming all they ever wanted to do was teach.
In the meantime the problem is completely ignored amongst school district administrators while hoping Governor Jerry Brown can get his tax proposal passed - allowing for additional time before actually confronting either the teachers union, the pension problem, or the reality of the “new norm“.
The clock is ticking … and people better start paying attention to the root cause or they will be blindsided into making poor decisions based on glossy campaign fliers and politically motivated endorsements. The California Teachers Unions are the most powerful unions in the state and they are very good at manipulation, in many forms, with the end game being they get what they want at all cost - and they spend millions to get that result.
It would serve current and future students well if we start paying attention to decisions made by school boards, the proposed tax increases that “claim” to benefit childhood education, and admit that the current system, under the current control, is heading in the wrong direction.
While the PUSD has performed well based on state averages they are only average when compared to like cities with similar demographics. But the district has also been less than honorable in their dealings with the public. Transparency isn’t the PUSD’s strong suit; far from it.
My point is that while the PUSD may continue to maintain their ranking compared to other districts in the state what we are about to see is the lowering of the tide that will bring the entire California school system to a lower level. We can’t continue to fall in national & global rankings but the pension issue is sure to force a continuation of that trend.
Time to pay attention to who is running for the school board. We can no longer rely on the teacher’s union endorsement; in fact we should challenge the teacher’s union endorsement. The same argument applies to endorsements from the Mayor or a Council member. People need to consider that those endorsements have strings attached that aren‘t visible to the general public. We can’t afford to accept glossy fliers and union endorsed candidates as the best choice going forward.
Time to put our critical thinking skills and civic duty to the test while setting an example for the next generation (current students). We can even incorporate this topic into a civics lesson.
The so called free California education is paid for by every taxpayer including those that do not have children, those that no longer have children in the system, and those with children in the PUSD. It is important that all of us continue to push the district to be cost effective, proficient, and fiscally responsible.
Posted by AnnaS, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:51 am
It is easy: if you have children, you consider having children in a future or you simply believe that children are good for California, next time you go to vote ask yourself who should be responsible for these children lives: their own families, or clerks in Sacramento pushed by union bosses with their money and connections. California Teachers Unions do everything to protect bad teaches rights to keep getting their paychecks and do absolutely nothing to protect children's rights to get proper education. The only solution in my opinion is to give parents more power to decide who teaches their children and how their tax money are spent.
Posted by Daniel Bradford, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm
If you don't have children, why should you be taxed to pay for schools?
Schools educate the people upon whom you depend: police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, engineers...getting the picture now? You learn to be a nurse in college and a doctor in graduate school, but if you don't have good teachers in elementary, middle, and high school, you're not going to succeed in college and beyond.
Universal, free K-12 education is one of the great things about our nation, and we all benefit from it.
Notice I didn't make any humanitarian appeal, as that would be wasted on the Anonymous Brigade. From a purely practical standpoint, the money allocated for education is an investment--one that pays dividends--and not money that is just "spent".
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 6:52 am
Bradford, I want you to perk up those long pointy socialist ears of yours. You are conflating K-12 education with college and post-college education. I'm an individual and I want to be given the choice to support k-12 education or not. I personally don't want to because so much goes to teachers' salaries and pensions when most of them aren't worth much more than minimum wage. With the money I save, I can go elsewhere for policing or healthcare. And besides, so much of this is moot. After Obamacare starts, most of us are going to die under a huge tsunamic sea of debt and death panels anyway.
Posted by minimum wage taxpayer, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2012 at 11:04 am
@ Taxpayers & Pensions
Does this mean you're announcing your candidacy for PUSD School Board? I hope it means you'll get an education on how much clout individual school boards have when it comes to CALPERS and pensions.
For the record, I agree the teacher's unions (and other public service unions) need to get serious about helping reduce the ballooning pension issues facing state and local budgets. My grandfather fought for unions in the 1920's and must be rolling over in his grave now at their bullying.
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2012 at 11:48 am
We have to do something about the expanding teacher salamis. If we don't, the unionist pirates won't get out of bed with the orgiastic Democrat Party spenders who want to tear down the dikes that are the only thing protecting us from what lies right around the corner: salami induced tsunami eruption that chokes all of us, and especially our grandchildren.