Posted by Elizabeth, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Aug 17, 2012 at 10:33 am
If you're a parent and have time, please volunteer for an hour or 2 to help with Registration at your child(ren)'s schools. I'm a Co-Chair for Amador Valley and we always need parent volunteers to help staff the Registration and make it go faster (ie: shorter lines). The link to sign up to volunteer at Registration at AVHS is Web Link
Check your school website and the PTA or PFC (AASC at Foothill) pages for the contact information.
Posted by Parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Next year is a disaster for elementary students in Pleasanton. And sorry the parents I've talked to this summer are not happy.
Class sizes are going up to 30:1
The school year has been effectively cut for weeks just for K-3 students because of staggered reading
Staggered reading is only allowed to happen because one session of PE was saved for this year
PE is off the budget for next year, so staggered reading will be too, but who wants to place bets on the fact that the shorter school day will remain?
These cuts were done in advance of the taxes being voted on in Nov and on the assumption they will fail
If the taxes pass we will have a ton of extra money and who wants to bet it will not go on restoring CSR for k-3? It is the perfect amount to cover salary increases and a few extras to make the rest of the parents feel ok.
And the kicker is that elementary parents will now be asked to donate more money than middle and high school parents ($359 per student vs $200 per student) because they have taken more away so think we'll pay up.
Posted by Another parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 20, 2012 at 8:24 am
Parent, You would do well working in the Capitol. How can you make a budget when you don't have the money. That's what the state did over and over and over. The cuts are awful but putting programs in place with no money to cover them is not the way to go.
Posted by Frustrated, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Aug 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Once again I picked up my student's schedule and once again, it is NOT the classes that he signed up for. He has been cut out of AP even though it was on his schedule and it was confirmed with what they send home in the spring. The counselors at Walk thru are very snooty and condescending. All they can say is 'we have to cut classes for budgetary reaons.' Give me a break.
Posted by frustrated, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Aug 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm
It's too bad that our students have to pay the price. The parcel tax 'failed' with a 65% majority of PEOPLE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO VOTE (I don't care about people who didn't vote and what they might have voted... they don't count). Everywhere else that's passing. But our students are stuck in the middle. It's not fair to them
Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 21, 2012 at 8:25 am liberalism is a disease is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
It's too bad our govt doesn't run more efficiently or has more accountability for the money we pay them. I know that's a hard problem to solve for parents of school age kids, but throwing more money at the situation does nothing more than get you through one more school year and further encourages the same practices that got us in this position in the first place. Next time you vote, consider who is allocating moeny to your kids education, versus funneling to their pet projects to secure their legacy. California's educational system has been circling the drain for over 40 years, we've just been lucky here in Pleasanton that it hasn't caught up with us...yet.
Posted by Teacher, a resident of another community, on Aug 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Mike and Steve.... I am sickened by your comments about the wonderful classified staff shown in the photos. If you knew them, you would know they are committed to the success of our schools. Pleasanton is supposed to be a community of character, and your words are simply hateful.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Teachers in Pleasanton are incredibly blessed to have the support of our classified staff. What do you to better our community?