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Report sheds light on enrollment decline at Pleasanton Unified

Original post made on Feb 21, 2022

Pleasanton Unified School District has lost approximately 700 students over the past five years, particularly at the elementary and middle school levels, according to an annual enrollment report recently delivered to the school board.

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Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Feb 21, 2022 at 12:58 pm

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People ultimately vote with their feet.

With never-ending student masking (but not for celebs), defund the police banter, upcoming jab mandates, and identity politics taught in many public schools...parents are taking action.

Moving to states such as Idaho/Arizona/Texas/FL/TN and home schooling. Look at net migration by state since covid and you'll see this point is true as ever. Maybe PUSD will actually care if they see declining revenue...maybe.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 21, 2022 at 4:44 pm

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PUSD better/should care about declining revenue—they just gave out big raises. The bigger point is that the board is awful and the superintendent is worse. Get a great superintendent—someone who is already a great superintendent—and new board members and people will come back—mask mandates or not.


Posted by Ptown Baseball Dad
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 21, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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“ and people will come back—mask mandates or not.”

With all due respect, I’ve spoken to at least 100 families about our ongoing mask mandates for students. About 95% are fed up and looking to send their children to private schools, home school, pod school or move out of this once amazing, Golden State.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm

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This report doesn’t really shed light on why enrollment is down while housing prices continue to rise and younger families replace older homeowners. It just discusses that it’s happening. Would really be helpful to know private and home school enrollment numbers.

50% Asian? Wow, Pleasanton is becoming Fremont.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 23, 2022 at 10:11 am

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@Pleasanton Parent,

Is 50% Asian some kind of problem?


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2022 at 10:19 am

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Not a problem BobB. Just unusual since the asian population is around 7% overall. Put your woke outrage away. Nothing here to be outraged about.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm

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John, the 2020 census says Asian is about 35%. No outrage, just checking the demographics.


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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Overall US asian per cent is 7.2, California is 15.2


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 23, 2022 at 4:53 pm

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Well, Pleasanton is 35ish, which I believe is what we are talking about. Good to talk about national and California though.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 23, 2022 at 5:50 pm

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John,

I missed where there was any outrage. My comment was concerning Pleasanton Parent's observation. I have noticed many times on these forums people lamenting that "Pleasanton was becoming like Fremont" and using that phrase pejoratively. Pleasanton parent was using the same phrase. My question was, is that some kind of a problem? Not outrage, just a question.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm

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India is in both the northern and eastern hemisphere. India is bordered on the northwest with Afghanistan and Pakistan. India is bordered on the north with China and Bhutan. India is bordered on the east with Bangladesh and Burma.

I remember when people from India were referred to as "East Indian". Today people from India are referred to as "Asian".

Would a person with heritage from India weigh in here, state what you prefer your preference is?


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 24, 2022 at 12:02 am

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Sorry to burst your sjw war call, stating Pleasanton is following a similar pattern to Fremont isn’t some decoder ring call for wokeness police.

Personally I think Fremont is too segmented and big, lacks a sense of community, but there are some smaller pockets that I’d consider living in.


Posted by eledge
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 24, 2022 at 11:17 am

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The teachers, kids, parents, and community want district leadership and a board that leads confidently and puts our students first. Issues like returning to the classrooms, mask choice, learning loss, and mental health should be #1 priorities. We spend too much time on things like districting. I am blown away that there is not even an agenda item for tonight's meeting about how the district will approach the pending removal of the school mask mandate on 2/28. Many of us are tired of the lack of communication and messages of fear that come from the district level. It's time to move forward and we need our leaders to aggressively take that step for our kids. If not, more and more will leave our district.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 24, 2022 at 11:36 am

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"Sorry to burst your sjw war call"

What are you talking about "sjw"? What?

Again, are you saying 50% Asian is a problem, and how does that relate to "becoming like Fremont", and how is that a problem?


Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 24, 2022 at 1:50 pm

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Has anybody taken into account there might be fewer people in Pleasanton with school-age children? Or at least fewer in each family. Child-rearing is costly. For some it has become untenable, so they've opted out of having children. People who move here don't always have lots of children, so school enrollment numbers naturally drop. I recently heard a school superintendent talk about unhappy parents pulling their children out of the public system. He cited a 76% rate of satisfied parents and maybe 10% of dissatisfied ones. He further remarked that the dissatisfied ones are the most vocal. You know, the old "squeaky wheel syndrome".
People moving here still cite superior schools as a reason for choosing Pleasanton. I've watched my own neighborhood cycle. When it was new, there were very young children. They cycled through elementary school, on into middle and high schools, then went away to college. For a time there were almost alarmingly few school-age neighbors. The empty-nesters and old folks began selling, moving to retirement communities or other places with fewer taxes and less traffic. With a new group of parents, the kid population burgeoned again. Now the littles are on their move toward middle and high school and on their way out again. So maybe the downturn in school numbers is partly the result of the natural ebb and flow of a community. Perhaps this is much ado about nothing and with time it will auto-correct.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 24, 2022 at 9:02 pm

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The point is that we don’t know the whys, but the district does and should say so.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 24, 2022 at 9:26 pm

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BobB - I’ll let you google Sjw and it will answer your second and third questions

Keeknlinda- I can’t speak for all households, but 70% of the houses on my street have sold since I’ve been here, and each time an older family (kids gone) has been replaced with school aged children. I’d imagine that’s not unique to my street give. Prop 13 and our housing prices.

Kathleen- you’re dead on right. We deserve transparency


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 25, 2022 at 8:18 am

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@Pleasanton Parent,

How does "sjw" explain my question on your 50% Asian observation? I'll use the R word here. What is the relevance of Asian families like mine being 50% of enrollment? How is that relevant to anything? Why bring it up? Why draw attention to the fact that lots of families like mine have moved to Pleasanton? How is it relevant to this discussion?


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 25, 2022 at 8:48 am

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Here comes BobB, the woke outraged sjw on some perceived slight.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 25, 2022 at 10:09 am

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@John,

I'll leave the social justice stuff to you since you you know more about it, and let Pleasanton Parent answer my questions.

What is the relevance of Asian families like mine being 50% of enrollment? How is that relevant to anything? Why bring it up? Why draw attention to the fact that lots of families like mine have moved to Pleasanton? How is it relevant to this discussion?


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 25, 2022 at 11:19 am

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The student body at the schools served by Pleasanton Unified School District is 35.3% White, 1.4% Black, 47.4% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander, 9.9% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 25, 2022 at 7:40 pm

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I'll let Pleasanton Parent weigh in on:

What is the relevance of Asian families like mine being 50% of enrollment? How is that relevant to anything? Why bring it up? Why draw attention to the fact that lots of families like mine have moved to Pleasanton? How is it relevant to this discussion?


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 25, 2022 at 11:51 pm

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Did you even read the article BonB?


Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2022 at 10:16 am

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@Pleasanton Parent,

Yes, I read the article.

What is the relevance of Asian families like mine being 50% of enrollment? How is that relevant to anything? Why bring it up? Why draw attention to the fact that lots of families like mine have moved to Pleasanton? How is it relevant to this discussion?


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2022 at 5:12 pm

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BobB
If you read the article youd have seen the relationship between the increase in the Asian demographic and the decline in the dual immersion program. That’s the relationship.
And as the demographics change at the rate they are, people can’t assimilate into the Pleasanton culture so they find like individuals and create segregated communities- ie my Fremont reference. And you start to loose the connected community feel.


Posted by RobertD.
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 26, 2022 at 5:55 pm

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I agree with keeklinda’s rationale. Our kids went through PUSD, finished college and now are working in tech industry in the Bay Area. We are still here and don’t plan on having anymore kids :-)

BobB, I totally agree - what is the relevance of 50% of students being Asian? Here is my response:

There is a cross section of Americans that is not comfortable with increase of Asian Americans especially brown skin Indians in our country, states and cities. These Americans tend to be above a certain age and of certain race mainly from Europe. They are very uncomfortable with and scared of what is happening to their beautiful white America.

That is how they see Fremont with a lot of Asians thus the comment above.

We are blessed as Americans to welcome people of all color and religion to our country as long as they come here legally. It is what makes us a great country.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2022 at 10:40 pm

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RobertD,
Please feel free to comment on your own experience with the Asian/Indian population, but it’s very irresponsible and wrong of you to proliferate a projection of what you think other peoples experience or assertions are.

Please be more responsible with your words, in todays era of social media, the spread of misinformation is very fast and uncontrolled.

Be better, I’m sorry you feel that way about others in your community. Maybe you should take time to speak to them about their concerns instead of projecting your assumptions of them.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2022 at 1:20 pm

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RobertD,

That's been my experience too. When I see comments like "... people can’t assimilate into the Pleasanton culture ...", I can see that it has very little to do with funding for enrollment in dual immersion programs, and much more to do with keeping out people with certain "cultures".

I've been here for a while and seen plenty. Pleasanton Weekly has already banned some outright racists who supplemented their comments about "assimilation" with blatant racism, so you can be sure that has gone out of our community either.

There was nothing "irresponsible" or "wrong" with what you wrote.


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