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Pleasanton PTA Council drives this Parcel Tax Campaign?

Original post made by old crow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2009

Pleasanton PTA Council web site states that PTA's can take an active roles in campaign.

Does that mean that PTA Council President can actually chair a political campaign?

Active role to me, is participating in meetings and fundraising. Not being THE chairperson that drives this campaign. Would the parcel tax even been as strongly considered by the board without the backing of the Pleasanton PTA Council?

Postings on another thread have parents saying they will now be choosing not to give money at the walk-through registration to PTA for school activities, since they feel they will be paying twice if the parcel tax passes.

Will this PTA Council with the President as the co-chair of Save The Pleasanton Schools Committee, be prepared when the funding at the local schools dries up when the parents choose the tax over PTA donations?

Have your cake and eat it too?

Interesting that the public hearings didn't announce that PTA would be using 5% of the PTA members funds to drive this campaign under the guise of Save Our Pleasanton Schools Committee.

This is cut and pasted from the Pleasanton PTA Council website:

PTAs can be most effective by:
• Taking an active role in planning the campaign.
• Providing personnel to inform the community (speakers, etc.).
• Developing and/or distributing available campaign material—but not by using
student help, unless permitted by the school district (California State PTA
Legislation Policies and Procedure No. 11, 4.2.5k, 126).
• Making use of radio, TV, and print media, including newsletters, editorial board
visits, letters to the editor, and other communication resources such as PTA e-mail
and Web pages.


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Posted by Busy Mom
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm

If you don't like the way a PTA is spending the money you've donated - go to a meeting and VOTE!!!!!!

People who care about kids and schools get involved in PTA. Once they join PTA, should they stop every other activity in their lives? The busiest ladies I know are smart, capable AND INVOLVED. Politics, schools, community. ALL THREE.

As far as withdrawing PTA dues because you don't agree with their spending...Do you not pay your federal or state taxes when you don't like how the government is spending your tax dollars? Sounds like a Hollywood Superstar who said she'd rather move to Canada if the people didn't vote the way she wanted - BYE!!!!

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Posted by Pam
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 8, 2009 at 1:33 am

Wrong! If you don't like the way a PTA is spending the money you've donated, just stop donating!!!

We have every right to expect our donations to benefit the classrooms and not used to fund the PTA President's pet project. The PTA will never see another dime from this household.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

This kind of PTA activity is the reason why many of Pleasanton's school's formed independent SPO and PFA's in the past. Unfortunately most were pressured into converting to PTA.

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Posted by Young Crow
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 9, 2009 at 6:08 am

Old Crow, I have news for you - as an attendee of the rally yesterday and the strong show of support from concerned parents that their childrens' education is in jeopardy, I can assure you that the PTA aren's the only ones affiliated in backing this initiative. Do you realize what's at stake here if this parcel tax doesn't pass? Ask 99.9999% of the parents in Pleasanton as to why they chose this city as the place to raise their children and why we bought our homes here......THE GREAT SCHOOLS AND HIGH TEST SCORES. Get a clue. This affects everybody.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of California Reflections
on Mar 9, 2009 at 7:51 am

Everyone wants to support our schools , many of us do not want to support continued irresponsible practices.

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Posted by pleasanton parent
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

The basic issue here is that the quality of Pleasanton schools are an integral part of what makes this community a great place to live. Although 30% of Pleasanton's households have kids in school, nearly 100% of Pleasanton households benefit from the positive effect our excellent school system has on maintaining their high property values. For the wealthiest mid-sized city in America to raise such a fuss over a household paying the equivalent of $19 a month to create a means to keep our children well educated, property values high, and our quality of life at a level that many envy, is actually quite sad and certainly myopic. Direct and indirect attacks on the PTA, and the people who care about preserving this quality of life is truly uncalled for.

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Posted by Parent to Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

To one Pleasanton parent from another, know what you are talking about....................

The PUSD budget deficit is made up from ongoing salary increase. The State has mandated a freeze on salary increase and will not continue to fund it, hence the budget shortfall. The message from the state is clear, everyone must be a part of the burden of this economy.
PUSD pulled a bait and switch, cutting reading specialist and CRS instead of salary increases. This is intended to panic parents into funding a parcel tax to make up the shortfall…in effect paying for their continued salary increases.

Web Link

Look at this PUSD presentation, the 4th to last slide that shows the 4mil shortfall is compensation increases!!!!!! See how the shortfall continues to increase, this will require a new parcel tax each year to keep up with the compensation increases!!!!!

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Posted by old crow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Just to keep this thread on track, should the PTA Council President be on the co-chair of this POLITICAL organization? I agree that money is needed. Having their cake and eating it too could be disaster if the parcel tax fails.

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Posted by Boycott the PTA
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm

This is a call to anyone who believes that the PTA has misused our donations to fund a senseless parcel tax campaign to halt all future donations and fund-raising purchases from the PTA, PFC, P-whatever.

Instead, donate that money directly to your childrens' classrooms and help our teachers to shoulder the burden.

We as a community should not tolerate politically-driven irresponsible spending of our donations to support a senseless cause. That money was donated for the school and classrooms and needs to stay in the school and the classrooms.

I urge everyone to join me in this fight for our children.

Put our money back into the our school, our classrooms, NOW!

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Posted by pta member
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Dear Boycott,
I urge you to find out where from the various PTA's and other parent groups budget the donated funds are coming from. HPMS PTA took it from staff development with the approval of their teacher rep and the principal because no further staff development was being paid for this year anyway. No class funds were touched on purpose. All this was voted on at a general membership meeting. You can make all the fuss you want but if you don't know the entire story you really should do some research.

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Posted by Jeb Bing
editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Mar 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

We're intentionally giving topics pertaining to the June 2 parcel tax measure and teacher layoffs a rest because the postings have become repetitive and, in some instances, accusatory and hurtful to teachers and other employees of the school district who are unable to respond to postings, most of which are made under the cloak of anonymity. The postings online will remain, but future postings to these threads or new ones dealing with teacher layoffs and the parcel tax can be made only by registered users of the Pleasanton Weekly forum.