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CSR is NOT guaranteed by Measure G

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

The Pleasanton community has expressed the importance it places on class size reduction.
Ask parents what they want to see PUSD keep, and many of them will say CSR.
Measure G does NOT guarantee that CSR as it exists in PUSD schools today will continue with the passage of a parcel tax.
The ballot language says Measure G will "keep class sizes small."
It does not state that the pupil teacher ratio for kindergarten classes will be 20:1.
It does not state that pupil teacher ratio for grades 1-3 and 9th grade
classes will be 25:1.

If Measure G passes, PUSD is ONLY committed to follow the language of the parcel tax ballot.

The Pleasanton Unified School District gets to define "small."

Many parents are assuming that CSR as it is today will continue if G passes. THAT IS NOT GUARANTEED.

One parent on another thread contacted PUSD and could not find anyone who would guarantee that if Measure G passes, kindergarten classes would have no more than 20 students per class.

Parents of students entering kindergarten, 1-3 and 9th grade: Please call PUSD and ask them if the passage of Measure G will guarantee class sizes will remain as they are this year.

No PUSD administrator will guarantee in writing what the community has very strongly says it values - CSR.

It isn't guaranteed in the writing of the ballot language either.

Please vote No on G - No Guarantees.

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Posted by no more guarantees
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 8:13 am

After what the Governor announced yesterday; somewhere between 3 billon and 5.4 billion in additional cuts to public education. It sounds to me like Measure G is about trying to keep schools open now. The are no more "guarantees".

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Posted by no more guarantees
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 8:35 am

LOL. It just occurs to me, the pro-G people might want to use that slogan as part of their campaign: "Measure G - It's all we have left". Oh, please don't mention the federal stimulus dollars. I have confidence that those gains were just erased yesterday by the Governor.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 8:35 am

No More Guarantees,
The Governor stated that even if the propositions on the May 19th ballot pass, there will still be 3 billion in cuts to education and one of the results of those cuts will be LARGER CLASS SIZES.

It sounds as if the State is planning on removing the financial incentive it provides School Districts to keep CSR.

PUSD has positioned Measure G to appear as if it will keep CSR, but it does not guarantee CSR. The only "guarantee" is that Measure G funds will be used to "keep class sizes small."

Many parents assume that "keep class sizes small" means keep CSR, so they assume supporting G means they are supporting CSR.
If that's the promise PUSD meant to make and keep, they could have put that into the ballot language.

They didn't.

There are no guarantees by the State, but there are also no guarantees by PUSD that what we as a community value, CSR, will be retained if Measure G passes.

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Posted by The Browser
a resident of Del Prado
on May 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

Go ahead and fall for the Governor's scare tactics and the Pro-G scare tactics, its all they have left. Remember that while the private sector was eliminating jobs the public sector was adding jobs, so if the Gov. threatens layoffs, even teacher layoffs, let him go ahead, just don't give the state more money to squander. The public sector unions, especially the teachers, know what buttons to push to get you to vote like sheep-threaten the children and the parents will fall in line. Don't vote like sheep, the politicians and the school district are hostages of the unions and its is time to send a strong message to both...MAKE DUE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, WE DO.

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Posted by no more guarantees
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

Watching the board meetings, the board keeps mentioning small class sizes as their #1 priority. I believe them. However, watching he state in action over the last couple years though, I can see why PUSD left the ballot text vague to leave options open in the event that the Governor was to do what he did yesterday. Again, if my vote is based on an iron-clad "guaranteed" solution in this climate, I would anticipate disappointment. And seriously, that might be enough of a reason to vote no.

"Measure G - Simply not enough" LOL - great slogan for the anti-G people.

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Posted by no more teacher raises
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 15, 2009 at 9:26 am

The ONLY thing that measure G guarantees is continued teacher raises! Vote no on everything and let the city file for bankruptcy, then they can void all of the contracts. Including the police and fire contracts that pay outrageous retirement benefits for life, starting at age 50. And if the employee claims to be disabled that money is tax free. Well, tax free to THEM, because all of the rest of us have to pay the taxes to make it up.
It's way beyond time to get some fiscal responsibility. The taxpayers are burdened enough without having to support raises and excessive, and largely unearned, pensions for age 50 retirees.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

No more guarantees,
I've given up on the State keeping any promises, but like you, I heard at school board meetings that CSR was the #1 priority. I agree that CSR should be a top priority. While I will admit that there are no studies that can effectively prove that CSR improves student learning, common sense tells me that the fewer students in a class, the more time teachers can spend with each student, and it has to be easier to manage a class of 20 than 30.
I was very disappointed to discover that the ballot language didn't guarantee what the school board said was a priority. (it doesn't guarantee anything else listed either!)
So I'm voting no. They need to go back to the conference room and come up with a measure that specifically guarantees what I and so many other parents value.

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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

Einstein is a registered user.

I believe we are going to be faced with much larger issues than measure G. Do I believe there is significance to the Governor coming out with this just before the vote? sure I do because he always does this. Do I believe that California is in complete financial meltdown and effectively bankrupt? yes I believe this also. We are a state faced with years of runaway spending and eroding tax revenues to the point where we cannot even make the interest payments on the loans we have taken to keep cash flowing. We cannot raise taxes anymore because we have the highest tax rate in the nation and it just chases more individuals and corporations out of the state and is one reason why we are where we are at. The best solution we have is to file for bankrupcy and we need to face that.

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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

Einstein is a registered user.

By the way, I am voting no on G because why just add more debt.

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Posted by Looking for real leaders
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

no more teacher raises & Einstein, you are both right on target. Thank you, unions, of all stripes, from coast-to-coast. The socialist mentality has crippled this nation. We're seen by our competitors around the world - friend and foe alike, as weak and rudderless.

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