Pleasanton considering eliminating class-size reductions, teaching and administrative positions
Original post made on Jan 9, 2009
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on Jan 9, 2009 at 10:00 am
This is potentially a devastating blow to our town and its future. Quality of the schools is THE metric used to judge how desirable one town is to live in as compared to another (read "property values" here). To protect Pleasanton's place as one of the best places to live in the East Bay the quality of the schools must be maintained. Currently we do have some of the best public schools in the state, which is definitely noted and considered by the people who contemplate moving here. Our property values are being assaulted by conditions in the world economy; this would be terrible local blow that would in the short term hurt us even worse. Please remember it is much more expensive and difficult to recover and rebuild a town's reputation than it is to maintain our current enviable position of being towards the top of the heap. I would gladly accept a parcel tax to keep our schools strong, not just for my enlightened self interest as a resident, but for the future of our kids and town as a whole.
on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Upon which facts are you basing you assumption? What about all those other districts with parcel taxes and lower educational quality to Pleasanton's? Seems like the parcel taxes haven't helped them.
on Jan 12, 2009 at 10:50 am
Those communities (Livermore/San Ramon) have only recently put in place parcel taxes to maintain thier current standards. It would be hard to judge the success rate yet, but those schools overall are not as highly regarded as our schools. Brian is correct, the number one reason people move to Pleasanton is for the schools...it is NOT for the cute downtown which is almost devoid of retail, but rather full of banks and restaurants, nor is it for our parks. Reality is that it is for the schools.
Livermore lost thier science, PE, music, computer specialist and class size reduction a few years back. As a community, they organized, mobilized and restored those programs. This year they passed Measure M, providing 5 years of stable predictable funding to secure those instructional programs. Also in Dublin, Measure L was just passed in November, providing thier schools with similar benefits.
We need to consider the return on investment for supporting our schools. According to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance/UCLA Anderson Forecast, property values have declined 35% in Alameda Co. and 45% in Contra Costa, but only 12% in Pleasanton. Pleasanton schools are the #1 reason our values have stayed where they are. Even if you do not have school age children, a minor $200-400 a year Parcel Tax, is a GREAT investment in the stability of your home price...not to mention an investment in our kids' (and ours') futures!