Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Aug 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm
There shouldn’t be a “but” after “fiscal responsibility is important.” And how do you protect students by cutting twelve days of learning? Oh, and Governor Brown, like any other governor faced with budget balancing woes, will cut CSR as soon as it’s a choice between that program and some other competing interest in the budget. After all, CSR has never been fully funded, nor has the recent leniency allowing larger class sizes been rolled back to 20:1.
Telling comment that those in favor of balanced budgets or living within our means are "selfish.” I wonder how teachers feel about losing twelve days of pay (let alone twelve days of class time with all the same expectations) and having to pay those increased taxes.
Posted by Nomad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm
AB114 is a statist and power consolidating measure further damaging California's fragile K-12 education system. It dramatically reduces local control of budgets, eliminates the requirement for 3 year financial plans and suspends the transparency and fiscal oversight role of counties. If the state will dictate the level of staffing and budgeting principles, along with all other existing mandates as defined in the Education Code, then what is the point of having district offices? Let's eliminate all the local district offices and consolidate them at the county level.
Trevor, your praise of the Governor doesn't surprise me at all. You have been a constant water carrier for higher taxes and legislative actions to protect union teacher jobs. You are a reason why the voices for 'Starving the Beast' continue to grow louder by the day.
Ironically, the people who are most vehemently supportive of AB 114 are the same people who selfishly demanded increased taxes from the working population that would have provided billions more in state funding in order to protect your jobs. Sorry, but you didn't get your increased taxes (thank goodness). So, you, the teachers unions and the Governor passed legislation to give you job protection for a year, regardless of whether there are the funds to pay you. That is insanity and worthy of a big fat zero score. There's no gold star for you, the democratic legislators who concocted this hair-brained measure, or the Governor.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Aug 6, 2011 at 8:44 am
Knaggs once again solidifies himself as Pleasanton's most outrageous union hack. A gold star for the governor? This governor is bought and paid for by unions, so it is no surprise that he is doing the bidding of his bosses at our state's ultimate peril. The Teacher's Union cares not about the health of our state or city, just don't cut their pay, benefits, or ridiculous pensions even though there is no possible way we can pay for it. By the way, stop whining about losing the vote to raise the parcel tax. Everyone knows that more money does not mean higher quality education. I cringe at the fact that Knaggs helps shape the minds of our youth....the entitlement generation on steriods is about to arrive. I hope I see him in your school hall someday...I have seen snakes, rats, but never a weasel in the wild.
Posted by unreal, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Where were you, Mr Knaggs, when this community was working on saving CSR this year when the state budget was looking scary? Did you offer a furlough day or two to help out?? No you didn't. How can you say here that you support CSR when you were so unwilling to help out when the chips were down?
Posted by Gov sit down on CNN, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:03 am
Jerry was on CNN, State of the Union, in sit down interview with Candy Crowley yesterday, Sun morning. He was really talking tough about all the cuts he was in the process of making. ...U probably could catch it on CNN web site,