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PPIE and Class-size Reduction

Original post made by concerned parent, Country Fair, on Apr 30, 2013

Sounds like all the money from the PPIE Run for Education is going towards class size reduction in 1st grade. Really?? Was this disclosed to participants that all money made from the run would be spent on CSR in one grade level for 2113/14 school year. looks like every dime left over after funding literacy coaches and tech will go towards CSR which leaves nothing for the 2014/15 school year. Wonder how many parents would have donated to PPIE had they know that all left over money would be going to CSR for one grade level only

article from Independent below-

The Pleasanton Unified School District has been offered a funding match to help meet a goal of reducing next year's first-grade classes from 30 to 25 students.
The offer comes from Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE).
Total cost for class size reduction (CSR) for the district's first-graders would be $325,000. Under PPIE's proposal, the district would have to provide $117,000 from its general fund. The remainder, $208,000, would come from PPIE.

PPIE president Bob Miller told the board at its meeting April 16 that the nonprofit hopes that the district will pursue the offer. "However, we realize you may have to reduce funding somewhere else in the budget," said Miller.
"We hope you agree that class size reduction (CSR) is a priority, and ask that this be considered as the budget is being developed," continued Miller.

PPIE raised $330,000 to fund programs at the elementary school level. It has already committed $200,000 to district literacy coaches and counselors, which are categories the district said it wants for next year.

That left $130,000 of the original amount available for other elementary school spending. Additional money is available, because PPIE held a successful benefit run earlier this month. Combining the sum raised of $78,000, which is still in the estimated stage, with surplus money above its original funding goal, adds up to $208,000, which could go toward CSR.
If the school board does not approve CSR for first grade, PPIE will put that $78,000 into a donation account for use in the 2014/15 school year. The $130,000 that is still uncommitted would be available to the district for the 2013/14 school year.
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Posted by Glenn Wohltmann
Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Glenn Wohltmann is a registered user.

Actually, all the money raised from the Run for Education is supposed to go toward the 2014-15 school year, although the PPIE did say the organization would consider dedicating some money from the run toward class-size reductions.

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Posted by well
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I thought the 78k was from Bon Appetit in the fall and the money from the Run was being used for 2014. Not sure.

The money isn't just going for CSR, 200k is going for tech specialists (although the article says counselors, which was never on the list of things we were fundraising for - so a mistake in the article or a last minute change?) and teachers teachers (these were previously reading specialists for the kids until that got changed, sigh).

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Posted by bait and switch
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

@ Glenn- yes, money from the run was suppose to go towards 2014/15 school year, however according to this and what PPIE people have said to the community, it will go towards CSR in first grade for the 2013/14 if PUSD votes to fund the additional money, leaving no addition funds for 2014/15 school year.

PPIE raised $330,000 to fund programs at the elementary school level. It has already committed $200,000 of that money to district literacy coaches and tech specialists
The left over $130,000 of donations that was available for other elementary school spending will be combined with additional money from events held this year (run for education and bon appetite)- estimated sum raised of $78,000, adds up to $208,000, which would go toward CSR if the district votes in favor of it at next board meeting.

-This means all money that is left over from the $300k and money from run and bon appetite is going towards CSR. This was not what was told to the community when they were asking everyone for $350 a kid because I am sure if it was, a lot less people would have donated as CSR in one class only affects a small percentage of people.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Is that legal to solicit donations for 1 thing and use it for another?

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Posted by None of the Above
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

The Enterprise story is wrong. Watch the rebroadcast of the meeting.