All Measure E Supporters also Support Michelle Rhee Around Town, posted by stick to the facts, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm
For an unknown reason supporters of the salary tax have linked it to Michelle Rhee. Nice try. I could also say that if you support the salary tax you are contributing to global warming and the extinction of the California condor. If you support the salary tax you are obviously in favor of increasing the mosquito population and doing away with yellow fever shots. Those things go together and make as much sense as the moronic supporters who say that we must vote yes on E in order to protect our schools from Michelle Rhee. Really? Is she in Pleasanton? Will a No on E vote grant her employment here?
When you have no valid argument you dredge up nonsense to support your point. If supporters want to grant raises to teachers that's fine. Use your money, not mine.
It is not possible to separate the exact dollars in the tax from those dollars that pay the raises. Will you color the bills pink to be able to say that those pink dollar bills cannot be issued to teachers for raises?
Fact: parcel tax is expected to raise about 2 million a year.
Fact: S & C raises will eat up MOST of that in year one and MORE THAN THAT in year two. If you want to preserve any programs the S & C raises must be frozen.
Without a freeze on S & C for the duration of the parcel tax everyone in our household will vote no on the salary tax.
Posted by comment, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm
It was the no on E side that made the association with Michelle Rhee. Someone posting as "Start Afresh" suggested that PUSD apply Ms. Rhee's methods here in Pleasanton rather than raise money through a parcel tax (particularly regarding step and column). I provided the link on another post. Now we discover that the alleged improvements attributed to Rhee's methods were due to fraud. I, and everyone I talk to about this issue think that step and column are worthy and necessary expenditures. We have excellent schools here in Pleasanton and I know plenty of parents who moved to Pleasanton for the schools. My household has two votes for Measure E, and everyone I know on our street will be voting for Measure E.
Posted by Aloyious, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm
For weeks on end, all I read about in PW forum sites was how opponents of Measure E wanted a system like the one developed by Michelle Rhee. Now, however, it appears some confused soul wants to deny all of the chest-thumping support of Rhee that was written on these pages. Even today I read postings recommending that people go see the movie 'Waiting for Superman' which showcases the now infamous Rhee, and these recommendations in the face of the disgusting facts associated with Rhee that have been revealed through careful academic study. So much for accountability, I guess.
As indicated by the headline of this thread, this is an attempt by opponents of E to create a distance between Rhee and themselves (er, from himself). But as frauds like Rhee are exposed, so goes the tea party and its misled zealots. Did you see the other day the great tea party demonstration that Fox News was promoting? Fox was there on the demonstration site with cameras and reporters, but less than 100 people showed up. The jig is up. The American public is becoming increasingly aware of the cockamamie ideas that the tea party goofs hold up as gospel and which seem to be motivating the opponents of E. Based upon conversations I've had with folks all across the community, I'm very confident that E will pass. And maybe, just maybe, with its passage the no people will back off from trying to stick it to our teachers and the kids.