Yes on E - Simple Economics - What's the ROI on a $392 investment? Schools & Kids, posted by Paul, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Putting aside the debate on school funding entirely, and looking at Measure E from a personal economic standpoint only, I believe it to be a good investment.
Home values are based in part on the value buyers place on the community - whether the community that they're buying into serves to be beneficial or detrimental to their investment. I believe that if Measure E passes, the Pleasanton community will be seen by potential home buyers as an even better place to live, and in which to invest. A community which invests in its schools is simply a good place in which to live.
Let's put some numbers around this. The parcel tax is $98 per year for four years, for a total investment of $392. Do I think that the value of my home will increase by at least that amount - $392 - on top of whatever other increase will occur over those four years? I do. In fact, I believe that my $392 will show a greater return on investment.
Accordingly, I have voted Yes on E and encourage all of you in the community to do the same.
There are other benefits to Measure E that are being debated elsewhere. In my opinion they alone are well worth the $392 investment, and would be worth my Yes vote.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm
As a recent homebuyer I can attest to the fact that school quality is a dominant factor and consideration to new homebuyers. Go on real estate forums for homebuyers and you'll see them talking about school quality all the time and asking each other about which communities in an area has the best schools. No other single factor affects the value of your home as much as the quality of its schools. If Pleasanton school quality remains in the top ranks with GoodSchools ratings of "9" and "10", then homebuyers will continue to flock to Pleasanton and compete vigorously to buy a house in Pleasanton. If Pleasanton school quality slips, many homebuyers will flock to another community like Danville or San Ramon instead and drop Pleasanton from their search list. If you're a homeowner, there's no better investment for $98 per year - neither stocks nor bonds nor anything else - than investing in your schools and maintaining top school quality.
Posted by Sam's right!, a resident of the Canyon Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm
And the quality is slipping. We have now two title one schools in the district. People will leave if we can't change the tone of the conversation. Good teachers will leave, good teachers want to work where they feel valued and are compensated. There is still a shortage of teachers and we will feel the pinch sooner rather than later if we don't support our schools & teachers.
Posted by lisa, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2011 at 9:23 am
one would be PMS, and the other Village
PLEASANTON -- School district officials were notified last week that Pleasanton Middle School had fallen into program improvement, a federal probationary status for schools that receive Title I funds and miss benchmarks under the No Child Left Behind Act for two straight years.
The school's staff was informed Feb. 8 that it had failed to meet its math requirement in one of its student subgroups for the 2009-10 school year. It is the first time that a Pleasanton school has been designated for improvement since No Child Left Behind was enacted in 2001.
The notification came nearly six months after the state released results from its Academic Performance Index and the federal results showed adequate yearly progress.