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Frustrated by School Funding? Control what you can.
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by Dan Copenhagen
on May 29, 2009
The news was grim at Tuesday's Pleasanton School Board meeting. The budget shortfall has now grown from 9.7M to an estimated 18.6M. Even with federal stimulus, the district will likely need to make additional cuts. Due to California labor laws for education, this means more young and energetic teachers may be lost. The quality of our schools will change. After hearing this news almost daily, it's easy to get frustrated by the whole situation. However, the key to reducing frustration is to take action and focus on what we can control. Pleasanton residents have one outcome we can influence right now: Passage of a parcel tax. Is it a perfect or complete solution? No. Do we need to reform our state government and funding for education? Yes. Do the labor unions (including teachers) need to step forward with additional salary concessions? Yes. But we can't immediately control these issues, and funding for our schools is needed TODAY. We can put good money directly into our local schools & community by passing Measure G on June 2. We each have a choice. We can remain in frustration, or we can take some control of our future. Let's move forward with positive action.
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