Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The 'Protect Property Values' claims.
The second line of the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) resolution says "Whereas, property values within the District are related to the quality of education available in the District's public schools." PUSD also claims in the first section of their four-page color glossy mailer, excellent schools are "creating a demand for homes and protecting our property values". In an almost verbatim claim in the first paragraph on their website, Support Pleasanton Schools (SPS) says good schools are "creating demand for our homes and protecting property values."
Pleasanton has $16 Billion in residential property market value.
The Alameda County Assessor reports Pleasanton has a local assessment roll of $17,326,290,380.
That's $17 BILLION. If you remove the business property component (25% average in Alameda County), and account for residential market value vs assessed value (add 25%), you would reach a residential property market value of $16.24 Billion.
What will a $2 million parcel tax provide?
If we assume the entire $2 million is spent on NEW teachers, it could fund twenty-five teachers at an average $80,000 cost.
That's 1.7 teachers per school by placing those 25 teachers in the 15 schools.
Or one teacher per 600 students throughout the district.
Therefore, each student in Pleasanton will receive approximately 2 more hours of teacher attention per year.
Or about 36 seconds a day.
If the $2 million is used to fund employee step salary increases and higher longevity bonuses, then our children will have no benefit from this parcel tax.
Can anyone honestly say that $2 million will protect $16 billion in property value?
Monday, February 28, 2011
A formal (FPPC # 1335504) committee has formed to raise campaign funds and promote Measure E. Save Pleasanton Schools plans to raise over $100,000 and conduct phone banking, yard sign distribution.
An informal group is against Measure E, and like their successful effort to derail the 2009 Measure G, they will rely completely on grass-roots and no-cost methods of educating voters about why Measure E is the wrong tax at the wrong time.
- First day to mail sample ballots - Thursday, March 24, 2011
- Early Voting will begin on Monday, April 4, 2011
- Close of Voter Registration Period - Monday, April 18, 2011
- Last day to request a Vote By Mail Ballot - Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Election information was obtained from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It should be noted that many years ago, PUSD and the teachers union negotiated that teachers salaries would be dramatically increased in return for eliminating a medical benefit plan. PUSD estimates approximately 70% of Pleasanton teachers receive medical benefits through a spouse's plan. Not only are a majority of teachers receiving income for a benefit they derive elsewhere, their CalSTRS pensions are significantly higher as they are calculated based on the salary.
Bay Area News Group has submitted a request to the District to obtain employee compensation data.
PUSD scattergram of teacher salaries dated January 2010 shows 124 FTE earning the maximum salary of $98,045.
Other PUSD financial data is here.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Some agreements use restorative language to give back furlough days and restore pay when revenue returns to a predetermined level.
Here are some examples:
Lodi Unified School District classified employees will have an across-the-board 2-percent salary reduction beginning Jan. 1, 2011, which saves the district about $645,000 per year. This is in addition to furlough days.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
"CTA president David Sanchez said the union was thrilled by the new appointees because he believed the board had been stacked with too many members connected to charters, which are mostly nonunion.
He said that although there was no quid pro quo, "we did work our butts off with getting the word out" about Brown's candidacy, adding that he had told Brown of his concerns about the board numerous times. Sanchez also said that if Brown proposes June ballot measures to help fund schools, "we're going to invest time and money in it."
Critics say the string of appointees was more than payback for the union's support during the election, it was an effort to keep them and their coffers in Brown's corner. "
Thursday, January 6, 2011
"Brown's greatest barrier may be his fellow Democrats in the Legislature, who have very close political ties to the groups - such as public employee unions - that would be most opposed to any deep spending cuts, especially if it meant a permanent reset. They will want temporary cuts at most, hoping that an eventual uptick in the economy would close the income-outgo gap. But unless the spending cuts are credible, it will be very difficult, perhaps impossible, to persuade voters to raise taxes..."Talking points and political rhetoric flow freely in the education circle. As PUSD prepares the school board to approve a parcel tax election, how many carrots and sticks will be used at the local level?