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John Muir Teachers Win Grants for School

The teachers won a combined $1,500 in grants from an Oakland-based philanthropic organization.

Three John Muir Elementary teachers recently won grants to help their students expand their learning beyond the classroom, the school reported.

The grants were from Philanthropic Ventures Foundations, which is based in Oakland.

Pamela Rondeau, a kindergarten teacher, and Anne Dallara, a second grade teacher, both earned $500 grants for ceramics lessons. Every year, they teach their students how to do ceramics, and the grants will be used to pay for supplies.

Second grade teacher Michelle Easley won a $1,000 grant that will be used to take students on a field trip to the Youth Science Institute in Los Gatos. The kids will get to see the "Dinosaurs and Fossil Fun" exhibit, the grant helps pay for the bus and exhibit tour.

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Chris Kiely September 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Dana: no, they can't take parcel taxes away. The State can, and probably will, continue to hit local school district budgets in lots of other ways.
John Marinos September 20, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Dana, this is why the Parcel Tax is so critical to the future of the school district. Prop 30 and 38 also need to be yes votes. A no vote will mean 30 school days cut from the year. The cutting of the school year was all talked about in the open at last nights school board meeting.
Dana Facciano September 20, 2012 at 09:44 PM
So if we vote yes to those two props it is illegal for the money to be used in any other way...not for retirement packages or for other departments...it can only be used for schools? I need to research this because it is something that I've always wondered and I always hear how money from these get used in other ways
Joe Capote September 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Actually Dana, only prop. 38 and Measure G make the guarantee that the money goes to schools. Measure G is the parcel tax, the money goes directly to the SBPSD, and the state has no control over it. Prop.38 is a progressive income tax, the money goes into a trust fund, and each school/district gets a portion. The SBPSD is set to receive ~2.25million in year 1, should it pass. Prop. 38 is officially supported by the state PTA's. For more info, visit http://ourchildrenourfuture2012.com/restore. Finally, Prop 30 is the governors tax. It puts the money in the general fund, which is good. However, it is up to the CA state legislature to decide how the money gets spent (not as good). So ultimately, it does not guarantee that the money will go to schools as the others do. Hope this helps!
Dana Facciano September 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Joe, you're the man! That's great information and it changes my previous thinking. Much appreciated.

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