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PUSD Already Receives From The State $4.0 MM Each Year To Pay For Class Size Reductions K-3

Original post made by frank, Pleasanton Heights, on Apr 30, 2009

The actual cost is $5.6 MM to run the program. Why would PUSD threaten to cut the difference of $1.6 MM and therefore lose the guaranteed $4.0 MM in order to balance their budget? You guessed it. To extort votes for passing a PARCEL TAX! If you don't believe this is the case, then find on the PUSD web site the following question and answer.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm

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Posted by Practical Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

And the district information also states that if CSR is eliminated at the elementary level, 75 teachers will be cut. (Remember all the pink-slip drama a month ago?)

So for $1.6 M, 75 jobs could be saved. That seems like a no brainer to me. And talk about local economic stimulus effect!

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 1, 2009 at 7:03 am

Send out pink slips to the least senior staff--pink shirts, teachers in tears, students crying . . . paint a picture of "overcrowded" classrooms at 30:1, Johnny and Susie aren't learning anything, some child sneezes . . . So, let's repeat, the biggest emotional hammer in the district's toolbox.

I'd like to think this community is smart enough to see past the bs and hold this district accountable for past fiscal practices and the drama they are intentionally creating. There is $2 million in the budget they can cut and still keep CSR (and I'm leaving out that they can move classes to 21:1 or 22:1, etc. and save money). That's about $8 million over the life of this proposed tax . . . what do they need the other $10 million for . . .

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Posted by Community of Character
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

Dr. Casey and the school board members considered all possibilities before putting CSR on the chopping block. There are no better alternatives. I suggest that you educate yourself in this issue.

Moreover, the board members and Dr. Casey held multiple public hearings prior to putting the tax on the ballot. This topic was covered on numerous occasions. Never once did I hear a voice of opposition. Hmm...

Do the right thing and support our children, our schools, and our community.

Vote YES on G!

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Posted by John Adams
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

what do they need the other $10 million for . . .

Kathleen, they don't NEED it, they WANT it for a "stable funding source." (Does this imply the parcel tax will become a permanent fixture on our tax bill?)

Instead of working to fix a broken tax allocation system, they just ask for MORE MORE MORE. It's easier to use that emotional hammer than to negotiate real change.