Monday, February 28, 2011

Measure E on the May 3, 2011 Vote-by-Mail Election

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters website contains the PUSD resolution, the County Counsel's Impartial Analysis, the arguments for and against, and the rebuttals.

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.

This is a Vote by Mail Election only. There are no Polling Places.
Vote by Mail Ballots will be mailed out starting on Monday, April 4, 2011.
Important dates:
  • 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

Teacher Pay: How does PUSD compare statewide?

The Sacramento Bee published a searchable database comparing teacher salaries across California school districts. The first table shows Pleasanton has the 19th highest paying school district in the state. And ranks 3rd among all large districts. Among those highest paying school districts, Pleasanton has the lowest average years teaching.

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

CA School Districts Demonstrating Cost Control

School Districts across California are utilizing a wide variety of options to control costs. Several are using across the board salary reductions in addition to furlough days to protect student programs and services. Administration, certified and classified employee groups have all demonstrated effective use of these options.

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.