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Dublin Schools raise K-3 and 9th grade class sizes

Original post made by Dark Corners of Town on Jun 20, 2009

For all the Measure G supporters who believed Pleasanton home prices would suffer because PUSD would raise class sizes, does this take away one of the arguments for the next parcel tax?

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Posted by no it doesn't, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:08 pm

"does this take away one of the arguments for the next parcel tax"

If there were to be a next parcel tax attempt, no it doesn't.

San Ramon Unified School District is fully maintaining CSR and many of their programs, per their website, which they partially credit to the recent passage of their parcel tax. Measure C is helping them through the Governor's revised cuts to education. Far superior to the new PUSD.

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Livermore Joint Unified is increasing K-3 to 22 students which is superior to our new 25:1 ratio. Livermore has a parcel tax.

Dublin has raised K-1 to 23:1 and 2-3 to 25:1 which is still better than the new PUSD at this point. Dublin has a parcel tax.

If class size is a point of home buyer interest for our region, we've lost. I'm hopeful the new fund raising campaign can remedy the situation.


Posted by Supporting Dublin Teachers, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Impressed that Dublin teachers are decreasing work year by 3 days. As a result, Dublin is able to save teaching jobs and maintain most of current program. Dublin admin and classified staff also gave three days. As a Pleasanton teacher, my teacher association leadership didn't even give us a chance to support such a proposal. Yes, Pleasanton admin. are giving up 3 days. We teachers were not even given a chance to support our colleagues. Dublin teachers should be proud.


Posted by no it doesn't, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

"As a Pleasanton teacher, my teacher association leadership didn't even give us a chance to support such a proposal"

The March 31, 2009 CC Times article below tells a different story with

"The Pleasanton teachers union agreed to reduce its members' workdays by two for the 2009-2010 school year to help the Pleasanton School District alleviate an estimated $9.9 million shortfall in its budget."

"The agreement, reached Sunday, was approved by two-thirds of the membership"

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Perhaps you missed the meeting?


Posted by no it doesn't, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2009 at 8:45 pm

"As a Pleasanton teacher, my teacher association leadership didn't even give us a chance to support such a proposal"

The March 31, 2009 CC Times article below tells a very different story with

"The Pleasanton teachers union agreed to reduce its members' workdays by two for the 2009-2010 school year to help the Pleasanton School District alleviate an estimated $9.9 million shortfall in its budget."

"The agreement, reached Sunday, was approved by two-thirds of the membership"

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Perhaps you missed the meeting?


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

From the article: "The agreement, reached Sunday, was approved by two-thirds of the membership. It will save the district $760,000, but it hinges on the passage of a June 2 parcel tax."

Indeed, something was missed.


Posted by Yes it does, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

As Stacey points out, Pleasanton teachers voted to reduce two days if the parcel tax passed. It didn't. Now, union leadership does not even allow a vote of its members to support the idea. Pleasanton Admin each gave up 3 days, even after the parcel tax failed. As pointed out, all Dublin groups have given up 3 days. Hope Pleasanton teachers get the message from Union leadership - they do not trust their members. They, all those members who never even got to vote to reduce days, may actually care about colleagues and support saving jobs on behalf of students.


Posted by Teacher2, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2009 at 8:41 am

I am a PUSD teacher and donated the amount of the two days I was more than willing to give up to save my colleagues to PPIE. Other teachers can do the same if they want to show their support to laid off colleagues. Plus, donating the amount is another way to "walk one's talk."
I would have preferred to have the money come from a deduction from my yearly salary rather than my summer vacation fund, but luckily my family supported this decision.


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