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News - June 15, 2012

PUSD brings back staggered reading programs

Policy will create smaller classes for young students

by Glenn Wohltmann

The Pleasanton school district is looking back to move ahead, re-instituting a policy of staggered starting times that it had in place 16 years ago.

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Posted by Parent, a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jun 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I looked at the bell schedule for the 2012/2013 school year and don't see a change at my daugher's school. She is going into 3rd grade at Lydiksen. Is the new schedule for ALL schools?? Did we miss a notice that went home??

Posted by Fuzzy Math, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The District has told a false statement to the Pleasanton Weekly. I guess they have no problem telling lies to reporters.

There have never been 56,030 minutes of Instructional Time for Grades 1 through 3 at PUSD. What a fantasy! Is that a misquote or did PUSD say that? YIKES!

When there are 180 calendar days of Instruction, the Actual Instructional Minutes are 55,915 instructional minutes for Grades 1 through 3. When there are 177 calendar days on Instruction (for instance for furloughs in School Year 2010-2011), there are 54,895 Actual Minutes of instruction at PUSD for Grades 1 - 3.

Reducing the day 45 minutes for 4 days a week will not meet State minimum requirements of 50,400 minutes for the first through third grades. Also when you put minimum days on top of that, they will miss it by a longshot.

The Pleasanton Weekly needs to Google the audit reports for PUSD that are prepared by Christy White. There are exhibits that show "Schedule of Instructional Time" in each report toward the end.

Ronald Reagan said "Trust, but Verify." With PUSD, better re-check everything they tell you before you print anything. With PUSD, the motto should be "Never Trust, Always Verify."

Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm


Looks to me that the Christie White report is for 2010-2011, when the district had four furlough days. With no furlough days for teachers, like the district had this year, the number's higher.

But I guess you can do the math to add the hours for four days, right?

Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

The number with no furlough days and 180 days is 55,915 like Fuzzy Math says. Look at the audit reports when there were no furlough days.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Mike, I believe APT and CSEA have have signed off on up to four furlough days for 2012-13.

Posted by steven, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Let the people decide who's numbers are accurate. The so--called experts cant add numbers up because they are all incompitants schooled in public schools where socialism is more important then accuricy. Fuzzy math is far better then bias expert math.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

How many more email blasts will parents be getting from the district with further revisions to the original 'communication'?

Hilarious that the original mail blasts contained not a phone # number to contact not from the district, but from a company called California Home Remodeling.

Too funny! I'm sure tomorrow there will be another blast with REVISION #3

Sounds like they really thought about this plan and gave it a LOT of thought before sending it to everyone. Pink paper. Nice touch.

Posted by Tami, a resident of The Knolls
on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

I had kids in PUSD during staggered reading and I was disappointed when it ended. I believe it will benefit the students. It will also improve the traffic congestion at drop off and pick up.

Posted by HaHaHa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

How many calls do you think that business received?
I feel sorry for their operator!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I understand that PUSD just lost $2.7 million in State funding by implementing this old program with 30 students.

Last year's budget had $2.7 million coming from the State for CSR.

So that means PUSD killed the CSR program and lost $2.7 million, yes?

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Mike, I don't know the exact amounts, but CSR, like many other state mandates, is not fully funded. So this loss means the district gains in whatever contribution they had to make.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

Kathleen, yes, but the students by grade are posted on Ed-Data. The State's additional funding of $2.7 million was more than adequate to pay for the additional Grade 1, 2 and 3 21 teachers needed to have a 1:25 ratio for those 3 grades.

Students 25 students 30 students
1 1001 41 34
2 1055 43 36
3 1083 44 37
------- ------
Teachers 128 107

A simple break even analysis shows that as long as the 21 teachers made less than $129,000, the State funding was more than adequate to cover the costs of the additional 21 Grade 1 through 3 teachers needed to have CSE.

21 teachers ($2.7 M for this if salary is less than avg $129,000)