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Rules on Using Stimulus Funds Not Clear

Original post made by Sandy, Mohr Park, on May 15, 2009

Here's an exerpt from an article in today's San Jose Mercury News:

"the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds for California schools come with a lot of ifs and buts attached, leaving educators struggling to understand how they can spend the largesse."

Read the full article: Web Link

I think it's important to understand that the federal funds school districts are receiving cannot be used for any purpose. They are one-time funds, and the federal department of education has expectations about how they are to be used.


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Posted by not really
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 11:08 am

Sandy, thought you were at the last school board meeting where this was all explained. The district knows how the money can be used. The $4.25 million can be used for anything; no strings attached. The special ed money can only be used to pay for special ed but that is part of our general fund so that directly affects the bottom line. We have more money coming for categorical programs but it is intended to backfill the cuts in the state. SO, we can spend all the federal money without changing the way we do business.

Not sure why you find the need to make up information you know to be incorrect. Do you not feel the merits of measure G are enough to get voters to vote for it so you have to make up other things?

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Country Fair
on May 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

We keep talking about federal money as if the federal government earns it. In this case isn't this money borrowed money from the chinese which must be repaid by tax increases? Ladies, nothing is free and you can bet there are strings attached here. Come here said the spider to the fly.

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Posted by not really
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Yes there are strings attached with it. IT MUST BE USED FOR SCHOOLS. We qualify. While the money is borrowed, it will have to be paid back in federal taxes. So we will be paying for this out of our tax money. Since we will be paying for this in our federal taxes (most likely a tax increase later), I don't want to pay twice for it; once to the federal government and AGAIN as a parcel tax. Measure G is a double-charge. There is no reason why we should have a parcel tax for this when we are receiving funds from the federal government for the same thing. That is greedy and stiffing the taxpayer.

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Posted by Ptown resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Let's not forget that we are all already paying taxes to PUSD for Measure B.
Look at your property tax bill and see how much you've been paying PUSD for capital improvements.
Measure G is IN ADDITION to what Pleasanton taxpayers are already paying PUSD.
With no Neal School, and no new gym at Foothill, how confident is anyone that Measure B funds were spent in the most efficient way possible?