PEN’s Board of Directors sent a letter to the Board of Education and Superintendent Brian McDonald expressing our belief that the constant discussion about school consolidation is causing families not to enroll in PUSD, and this will continue as long as consolidation is the topic of conversation. It’s time to make bold decisions so we can create the district our children deserve. They responded publicly to our letter.
Reprinted with permission from ColoradoBoulevard.net. Sometimes perceptions begin with a basis in reality, but those perceptions often do not change when reality changes. Perceptions of the quality of PUSD schools are beginning to change based on a new reality…To all of those parents with children in private school: investigate PUSD schools as a valuable investment in your children.
I was a Pasadena private school student who originally enrolled my oldest son in private school. After five years, I moved him to public school.
The sub-committee reviewed a Scenario Viability spreadsheet for middle and high schools, discussed how to proceed with elementary sites, and staff was asked to put dates to an updated Work Plan and continue to develop viable scenarios and recommendations.
We know you keep hearing about PUSD’s budget and the financial challenges facing our school district as well as other school districts in California. We hope this will help you better understand school finance and budgets, and why PUSD is in the position it is.
The Board’s Master Planning and Boundary Committee stated purpose is: “In order to provide robust, quality programs at each of our schools, in a fiscally stable manner in spite of a declining enrollment environment, the Master Planning and Boundaries committee will review existing site programs and capacities and future expected enrollment, and bring to the board recommendations on the number and location of school sites to maintain for the next 5 to 10 years.”
With more than seven years’ hindsight, we have not once regretted our choice to go public…Just this morning, my 7th grade daughter ran a half marathon with her Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) team from Blair. The kids on the team and their teacher-coaches represent diverse cultures, life experiences and ambitions, but each loudly and enthusiastically supports everyone’s success
This piece was submitted (unsolicited!) by PEN member and PUSD parent of two, Cindy Guyer. Frustrated by “inaccurate and incomplete” articles she’d read about the school choice question, she decided to write a more comprehensive account of her own family’s journey.
PEN needs your support so we can continue to promote family participation in our schools. Please donate today so we can provide you with programs and the information you need to be an engaged parent, and to improve academic achievement for students throughout our community and our schools.
Parent volunteers make a huge difference for our schools, but the commitment that makes the greatest difference for your child is to be ENGAGED. Here’s what we mean…