The following letter to the editor was printed 11/27/09 in the PW. Does anyone know what the "concerned citizens' group" is called? Or when/where the "educational forums at the school sites" will be?
Budget crisis has had lasting impacts on schools
I would like to respectfully bring to your attention the budget crisis that is looming over Pleasanton
schools. For the 2009-10 year, we received a substantial amount (around $10 million) of one-time monies to help maintain the quality of education. These monies will not be available in the future. I am part of a concerned citizens’ group that is trying to educate the community on the nature, extent and impact of the budget cuts thus far and to do what is necessary — pass an adequate parcel tax — to plug the widening funding gap. We presented our concerns to the PUSD board of trustees on Nov. 10, and will continue working on this issue until our community has the educational quality it deserves. We are also starting a series of educational forums at the school sites across the district. As the mother of four children in grades K-3, I volunteer for several hours a week in the classroom, and every spare minute of help parents can offer teachers is desperately needed and appreciated. Imagine trying to help children during math time when you have one teacher, two parent volunteers, and six kids with their hands up needing help. I teach art to a K-1 class because there is no art teacher. My children have diminished access to the school library, and my kindergartener does not have P.E. like his older siblings did. My children now only go to the computer lab once a week. In the science lab, there aren’t enough microscopes for each child to have their own because the classes are larger (25 vs. 20 students).