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flexibility in allocating state funds to schools

Original post made by Sandy, Mohr Park, on May 5, 2009

At the last school district meeting I attended, a list of categorical funds that had been reduced by the state was distributed. For instance, pupil testing (STAR, CAHSEE, CELDT) was originally funded at $29,000 for the current fiscal year, but because of the state's takebacks, the district will only receive $24,534. For next year, the district will receive even less -- $23,229.

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Posted by come out, come out wherever you are!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Where did all those folks who know howta balance budgets go?


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Posted by Question for Sandy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Sandy,
Can you tell me what Peer Assistance and Review is?
Also what funds for teacher credentialing block grant and physical education recruitment grants are used for?
Thank you.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 7, 2009 at 6:48 am

Here are the blurbs I have from the district:

AB 825 Teacher Credentialing Block Grant
These funds are used to provide support for the TV/TIP Program which trains new teachers to the profession and allows experienced and talented teacher coaches to work with teachers during their first two years. New teachers who complete the program meet the state requirements for a clear professional teaching credential.

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR)
These funds are used to assist teachers identified by administration as needing additional support to be effective in the classroom, for those voluntarily seeking assistance to improve in a specific area, for stipends for teacher coaches and PAR committee participants, for teacher representatives on the district staff development planning committee and to provide training for all teachers.

Physical Education Teacher Recruitment Grants
These funds have been used to provide additional PE teacher staffing to reduce student teacher ratios in grades one and two and as funds are available, third and kindergarten classes (from 40-1 to 20-1).


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Posted by Question for Sandy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

Thank you Sandy


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Posted by Parent who is voting NO ON G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

News Flash Saturday May 9, 2009 (you won't get this info on the PUSD website!)

The California Department of Education just released how much each district gets for ARRA fund (released on Saturday at:Web Link

Pleasanton will receive $4,244,533! So this in on top of the $2.5 million for special ed so so far we have $6,744,533 of federal money coming to our district. And there is more! The CDE website said this $4.25 million is for general purpose. They will release the numbers of how much more we will receive for categorical programs in June!

NO NEED FOR A PARCEL TAX THIS YEAR! The federal money more than pays for all the programs listed in the Measure G wish list.