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Original post made by Laverne, Castlewood, on May 5, 2014

Many of us moved to Pleasanton for the great public schools. Our elected school board have been sweeping issues under the rug, and…it has been said that they may even be working their way towards year round school to avoid building new schools, due to the thousands of new housing units that will be built. Right now they are attempting to shorten summer, and change the schedule, mainly for the benefit of high school kids.
Their lack of leadership is failing us. Their willingness to allow the union to bully them, is harming us. It is our kids that will pay for all of this.
A principal at Walnut Grove was forced to leave, despite the fact that it appeared the majority of the parents at that school supported him. Surprisingly a copy-cat situation is happening right now at Hart Middle School. The principal has been holding teachers accountable for doing their jobs at Hart.
Like most schools Hart has many GREAT teachers, there are just a handful of bad ones sitting around waiting to retire at the expense of our kids education. Most parents, students & teachers know of the handful of bad teachers that have now ganged up against the principal at Hart. There is a female PE teacher who has bullied kids & parents for years. My son has one of the other teachers & he and at least half of his class have outside tutors to teach them what they should have learned in school that day. Thank goodness we have the funds to do so, but not all the parents do. What happens to their kids? They have to waste a year of not learning- math!
I support teachers, but I am so tired of lazy teachers being employed no matter how many complaints by the parents. If it were any other profession, after that many complaints they would be fired. But how sad is it, that those same teachers get to spend 1-6 hours with our kids everyday! Some principals are starting to do something about 'those' teachers.
Will we all just sit by & let the school board & union bully us, bully our kids!?!?! The school board members & the superintendent are our elected officials and other than Valerie Arkin, I believe some are strictly there for their own political gain & don't really give a crap about your kid, or mine.
What can we do??
COMPLAIN!!!!!! WRITE LETTERS OR EMAIL YOUR COMPLAINT! Don't just post your complaint here…that won't anything. Dont forget...its an election year.
Complain to the school board & the superintendant & let them know you are not happy:
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Pleasanton's superintendent:

Hate the new calendar ideas? Email the calendar commission & let them know:
City council liaison between the city/school district:
Write a letter & mail it to -4665 Bernal Avenue Pleasanton, CA 94566
County Superintendant Sheila Jordan:
California board of education:
California State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Suite #5111
Sacramento, CA 95814

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on May 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

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