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Pleasanton school board reviews learning programs for students with disabilities

Original post made on Jun 2, 2022

Parents with children who have dyslexia pleaded with Pleasanton school board members last week to speed up the process of training teachers to better serve their students.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 2, 2022, 4:36 AM

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Posted by Resident001
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 2, 2022 at 10:00 am

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Bring back the Barton program. There was one fantastic of admin and another employee. The rest were volunteers. It is a heavy phonics program. Unfortunately it was cut. As volunteers we didn’t belong to the teachers Union and we weren’t employees. We were seen as a threat although we were the best thing for those kids because it was one on one learning, multi sensory. This is a direct example of PUSD board absolutely screwing the kids. They do not care.


Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jun 2, 2022 at 10:13 am

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The best argument for school vouchers is right here. My own personal experience of watching my neuro-atypical son struggle with an uncaring and uninterested system has made me extremely cynical about the subject. Your child doesn't have the time to wait for the public system to catch up with them.


Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 14, 2022 at 10:57 am

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PUSD presented the annual review of the Student Resource Officer Program (police on school campuses) just two days after the tragic events in Uvalde. The results of a survey of almost 2000 parents, students and faculty was overwhelmingly in support of the program. Ninety one per cent of parents said they believe that the program makes school campuses safer. Just three per cent of parents reported that they feel that the school campuses less safe due to the SRO program.

Trustee Laursen said there is no data to suggest that campuses are safer due to the SRO program, "they just feel safer". Trustee Laursen, who clearly questions the survey data, wants future survey data to include racial information about each respondent.

Student Trustee Bhayani, who just graduated from Foothill High School and is headed to Los Angeles to attend college, said that she does not believe the survey data and also wants survey data grouped by race. She said "that for people who look like me...they are scared of SRO's". She says that she doesn't know of a single student who supports the SRO program, in spite of the overwhelming support of PUSD middle and high school students, according to the recent PUSD survey.

The other four trustees reaffirmed their support for the program. In response to Trustee Maher's comments, Ms. Bhayani said, "I don't mean to discredit your experiences but.." And then she attempted to do just that.

In several conversations with Student Trustee Bhayani after the meeting, I offered to set up a meeting with Chief Swing of the Pleasanton Police so she could discuss her concerns but she turned down the offer.


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