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There are NO guarantees in G

Original post made by Ptown resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 15, 2009

I posted earlier my objection to Measure G because it doesn't guarantee CSR. CSR is something I believe is important.
But having attended the forums and watched the school board meetings, I realize that there are many parents out there who feel as strongly about reading programs (particularly the Barton reading program), having enough counselors and keeping music programs as I do about CSR.
I don't mean to say these aren't important too.
They are also not guaranteed if Measure G passes.
All the ballot language says is that PUSD will maintain essential reading and math support programs. Does that mean the Barton reading program will stay as it is today? Does that mean PUSD will not reduce the current number of counselors or the level of music instruction?
How does PUSD define "essential"?

The only "guarantee" Measure G offers is that parcel tax funds won't be used to pay for administrators' raises. But notice what's missing. There is no guarantee that administrators will not receive raises during the life of the parcel tax. There is absolutely nothing in the ballot language that prevents administrators from using general funds to pay for raises.

Many Pleasanton parents have been led to believe that Measure G will guarantee that CSR won't change if it's passed, and all the other items listed that the parcel tax will "save" will really be saved.

That's what PUSD wants you to believe. But it's not true.

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Birdland
on May 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

CSR is a myth promoted by teachers and teacher unions. There is no direct evidence that I have been able to find that proves that class size is directly responsible for a higher level of learning that students receive. If someone knows of an OBJECTIVE study on this issue, please post and point me in that direction because I am interested in reading it. As for now the only benefit I can see for CSR is that it provides more teaching jobs and more union dues and more taxpayer woes.
If you really thing that class size is important, consider this: all of my kids attended classes with between 30 and 50 students and they all graduated form UC Berkeley, and they are all professionals today.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Totally agree that there's no direct evidence that correlates class size with student learning.
But think in terms of class management and teacher attention, less is more. (perhaps class discipline is not what it once was?)
You are absolutely right that there is a benefit to CSR for teachers as it provides more teaching jobs.

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Posted by been in classes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Have you been in classes, especially at the elementary grades? Pleasanton has SO many parent volunteers. There is almost always a parent or two in each class at any time unless the teacher does not want them there. Pleasanton has solved class management and teacher attention by having a lot of dedicated parents who volunteer in the schools. I can see how classroom size reduction is beneficial for districts like San Jose and Milpitas where they have so few parent volunteers but Pleasanton does not have a shortage of parent volunteers.

I have spent a lot of time volunteering at the elementary schools. I loved it and my daughter loved having me there, participating. For the kids where their parents do not, or cannot, volunteer in the classroom, the other parent volunteers give them another responsible adult contact.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Been in Classes,
What an excellent idea! There are many parents who would willingly donate time to assist in a classroom regularly. Also Pleasanton has a very active senior community who could provide the benefit of their experience to our children.
Volunteers in kindergarten and grades 1-3 would be welcomed by the children too. The kids are young enough that they still like having their parents at school. Not so sure about 9th graders though!:)

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Posted by been in classes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

9th grade would not work as well. I know my daughter, once she got to middle school, would prefer if I dropped her off a block from school so her friends did not know she had parents. Parents are not cool at this age.

Great idea on the seniors. The seniors have so much to offer to our children. Many of them would love the idea of working with the kids in the schools. It is well documented that the more you use your brain, the sharper you stay. This arrangement would be a benefit to both the senior community and the students.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Been in classes
Middle school is certainly a tough time for parents as well as kids! The kids aren't really independent, but they so want to be, and even those who adored having us there in elementary school prefer to pretend we don't really exist when they're in middle school.
I hear it gets better when the kids are in high school!

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Posted by been in classes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

It does get better in high school, starting 11th grade. It gets even better once they are in college. Once they have to live on their own a bit, they realize their parents were not really that stupid after all.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Been in classes,
I am looking forward to the day when my child is no longer embarrassed to claim me!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

There is no higher correlation to academic performance than that of parental involvement (in the form of placing importance on it, and actively participating in it with one's child). This provides the foundation for learning to take place. A child who has been raised to understand the importance of a good education and who has parents to nurture and encourage the learning will be able to perform in a class of 20 or a class of 40; the converse is not necessarily true, nor will the smaller class help much at all.

I think that is one of the reasons Pleasanton Schools are so good (in relation to other schools). The teachers are able to focus on the things we want them to, instead of having to deal with distractions.

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