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A taxing situation

Original post made on Feb 22, 2009

The time for the school district to deal with the budget crisis has come. On Tuesday night, the board will identify reductions to popular programs as well as deciding whether or not to put a parcel tax on a June ballot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by AD
a resident of Sycamore Place
on Feb 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Although hard on families, I believe that we need to do whatever is needed to ensure Pleasanton continues to provide unparalleled quality of education.

With so many cities in the bay area suffering under similar or worse conditions and the real estate market down, this will be a breakaway opportunity for Pleasanton.

IF we as a community can band together for the next few years, we can make pleasanton *THE family friendly* city of the bay area. This is one city that will do right by the families and come together to ensure that children and education is the top priority.

If we can pull this off, I'm convinced we will recover our $200/year as soon as the economy recovers. The foundation quality education will provide our children will be repayment enough. Add to that the appreciation in house prices after economic recovery when families would want to rush in and call Pleasanton their home - because of Pleasanton's commitment to families and education.

Unprecedented circumstances demand unprecedented resolve. Pleasanton can do this and come out of this phase as a stronger community.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

This thread is redundant. There are 91 posts on the original one.


For many years parents go through the lower grades with blissful ignorance. We believe the poor school district mantra. We pay, and pay, and pay, then we begin to understand that they just need us to pay for our kids supplies so they can suck all of our tax money into their pockets. I began to realize I was paying for my kids glue-stick so the superintendent could go out to lunch on the district expense account. When the principal suggested we should bring the toilet paper it was clear their goal was to get parents to cover all operational costs.

I reached my limit. No Parcel Tax!


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Posted by Big Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Parent,

You da man or woman. Every year we pay for our kids supplies then another check for other costs. I remember when I was in elementary school during the Carter years. You think times are tough now you should have seen it then. Oh wait, they're just around the corner but it will be called the Failed Obama Presidency. Elections have consequences.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm

U.S. spends average $8,701 per pupil on education
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States spent an average of $8,701 per pupil to educate its children in 2005, the Census Bureau said on Thursday, with some states paying more than twice as much per student as others.

New York was the biggest spender on education, at $14,119 per student, with New Jersey second at $13,800 and Washington, D.C., third at $12,979, the Census Bureau said. Seven of the top 10 education spenders were Northeastern states.

The states with the lowest spending were Utah, at $5,257 per pupil, Arizona $6,261, Idaho $6,283, Mississippi $6,575 and Oklahoma $6,613. The 10 states with the lowest education spending were in the West or South.

Overall the United States spent an average of $8,701 per student on elementary and secondary education in 2005, up 5 percent from $8,287 the previous year, the bureau said.

Funding is largely a state and local responsibility under the U.S. system, with 47 percent coming from state governments, 43.9 percent from local sources and only 9.1 percent from the federal government.

Students in northeastern and northern states tend to perform better on standardized tests than students in southern and southwestern states. But experts say the correlation between spending and testing performance is not strong.

The "No Child Left Behind" education reforms passed during President George W. Bush's first term have placed increased emphasis on performance on national standardized tests. Schools can be penalized if they repeatedly fail to meet targets for improving student scores.

"It's not necessarily so that states with higher spending have higher test scores," said Tom Loveless, an education policy expert at the Brookings Institution think tank.

He said Washington, D.C., has among the highest spending in the country but its students have among the lowest scores on standardized tests, while some states like Montana with relatively low spending have fairly high performance on tests.

Loveless said two areas where education spending might make a difference were in teacher salaries and small class sizes for first graders. But overall, the relationship between spending on education and test performance was not strong, he said.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:15 am

California is now the bottom state for education spending!


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Posted by Mom also
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:47 am

Yes, but if you read to the end....
"But overall, the relationship between spending on education and test performance was not strong, he said."