Why is the district cutting Class Size Reduction? Is this a scare tactic to get a “YES” vote on Measure G?
Original post made by Tony E. on Apr 28, 2009
"Why is the district cutting Class Size Reduction? Is this a scare tactic to get a "YES" vote on Measure G?"
It is true that annually, Pleasanton Unified receives $4 million dollars from the state for the CSR program. However, it requires approximately $6 million dollars to adequately fund the CSR program. PUSD provides the remaining $2 million dollars. This $2 million is equally divided amongst K-3 and 9th grade to the tune of $400,000 per grade level. Since the state's cuts to education are so severe, it is necessary to make cuts to all programs beyond the basic required classroom ratio come Fall of 2009.
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on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm
"Is this a scare tactic to get a "YES" vote on Measure G?"
YES IT IS!
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on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm
Do you reply to posts about your topics?
If so, can you show me exactly in the Measure language that states if this parcel tax passes, it 100% guarantees full funding for Class Size Redcution for the duration of the tax? As well as the other programs you listed in a previous post.
I am very interesting in reading the definitive language as I have been unable to locate it in my reading of the measure.
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm
Stacey is a registered user.
You forgot to add that the district has been given flexibility in the CSR program. The penalties for going over the 20:1 student-teacher ratio has been lowered by the State. This can result in significant savings for the district. Many districts have been discussing this while PUSD continues with an all-or-nothing approach. Districts which already have parcel taxes are considering taking advantage of this flexibility.
See Web Link for an example of how Dublin is doing this (and they already have a parcel tax so no, parcel taxes do not guarantee small class sizes).
"They include $300,000 by increasing kindergarten classes to 21 and first- through third-grade class sizes to 25, with the average pupil-to-teacher ratio expected to be 23-to-1. Currently those classes average 19.5 students per class, according to the district. Ninth-grade math and English class sizes will increase to an average of 25, saving the district $90,000."