Vote "yes" on Measure G to provide the local control we need to protect vital education programs, including counseling services, library services, reading and math intervention programs, music and technology programs and small class sizes that have led to our students and schools academic success.
Pleasanton schools have made remarkable strides in the area of student academic and social achievement over the last 10 years. This is evident when reviewing the state's 10-year API (Academic Performance Index) testing program which measures a school's composite academic achievement. In 1999, statewide testing began with all schools having a performance target of 800 points based on a 1,000-point scale. That year, all of our schools but two met the performance target. Ten years later, 11 of our schools scored greater than 900 points with four of our schools scoring in the high 800s.
Today, our accomplishments and future progress are at risk. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said of the 2008 API scores, "I worry that these real gains in student achievement are in serious jeopardy because funding for our public school system is in serious danger. What kind of education will we be able to offer next year and the year after that with the kind of drastic and unprecedented cuts now under consideration?"
As a grandparent, 10-year school board trustee and now as a five-year city councilmember, I share his concerns. Help protect the vital programs that ensure our students' academic and social achievements. Vote "yes" on Measure G.