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Original post made by Ptown resident on May 15, 2009
But having attended the forums and watched the school board meetings, I realize that there are many parents out there who feel as strongly about reading programs (particularly the Barton reading program), having enough counselors and keeping music programs as I do about CSR.
I don't mean to say these aren't important too.
They are also not guaranteed if Measure G passes.
All the ballot language says is that PUSD will maintain essential reading and math support programs. Does that mean the Barton reading program will stay as it is today? Does that mean PUSD will not reduce the current number of counselors or the level of music instruction?
How does PUSD define "essential"?
The only "guarantee" Measure G offers is that parcel tax funds won't be used to pay for administrators' raises. But notice what's missing. There is no guarantee that administrators will not receive raises during the life of the parcel tax. There is absolutely nothing in the ballot language that prevents administrators from using general funds to pay for raises.
Many Pleasanton parents have been led to believe that Measure G will guarantee that CSR won't change if it's passed, and all the other items listed that the parcel tax will "save" will really be saved.
That's what PUSD wants you to believe. But it's not true.
on May 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm
CSR is a myth promoted by teachers and teacher unions. There is no direct evidence that I have been able to find that proves that class size is directly responsible for a higher level of learning that students receive. If someone knows of an OBJECTIVE study on this issue, please post and point me in that direction because I am interested in reading it. As for now the only benefit I can see for CSR is that it provides more teaching jobs and more union dues and more taxpayer woes.
If you really thing that class size is important, consider this: all of my kids attended classes with between 30 and 50 students and they all graduated form UC Berkeley, and they are all professionals today.
on May 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Totally agree that there's no direct evidence that correlates class size with student learning.
But think in terms of class management and teacher attention, less is more. (perhaps class discipline is not what it once was?)
You are absolutely right that there is a benefit to CSR for teachers as it provides more teaching jobs.
on May 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Have you been in classes, especially at the elementary grades? Pleasanton has SO many parent volunteers. There is almost always a parent or two in each class at any time unless the teacher does not want them there. Pleasanton has solved class management and teacher attention by having a lot of dedicated parents who volunteer in the schools. I can see how classroom size reduction is beneficial for districts like San Jose and Milpitas where they have so few parent volunteers but Pleasanton does not have a shortage of parent volunteers.
I have spent a lot of time volunteering at the elementary schools. I loved it and my daughter loved having me there, participating. For the kids where their parents do not, or cannot, volunteer in the classroom, the other parent volunteers give them another responsible adult contact.