Monday, March 8, 2010


A disturbing new chapter is about to begin in the story of MDUSD budget cuts. This Tuesday night at Monte Gardens Elementary School (3841 Larkspur, Concord) at 7:30 pm an ugly scene is set to unfold when our Board of Education meets to vote on over $15 million in budget reductions. On the agenda are cuts to special education, office support staff positions, the lessening of high school graduation requirements, establishment of furlough days, changes in elementary teachers' prep times, and numerous other threats to "Tier 3" categoricals.

The proposals are threatening to eliminate positions, debilitate programs, and have even gone as far as lowering graduation expectations for our students! The district has no choice but to make cuts and our role is to make sure that these cuts will have the least possible negative impact on our kids. These cuts need to be based on student-centered decisions.

The following links will bring you to the meeting's agenda and lists of the proposed budget reductions:

March 9, 2010 Board of Education Agenda

Budget Reductions List

CST Reduction List

If you can, come to the meeting and support our students, our colleagues, and our futures. Stay informed of the impact the decisions being made are having on education.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Once again, our education system is in a crisis...


1. The California Superintendent of Schools has called for a Statewide Activity Day on Thursday, March 4th. We at EDMS will be joining the local community here on the corner of Concord Blvd. and West St. at 7:30 a.m. and on the corner of Treat Blvd. and Clayton Rd. at 3:30 p.m. to show our support. Please come out and join us! If you would like to bring some positive signs to hold up, please do.

2. In addition to the demonstration, we encourage you to join us in emailing our legislators to send a message that the cuts to education need to stop! Below are some links to the email addresses of our state and local lawmakers.

State Senators:
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-7)

State Representatives:
Asm. Tom Torlakson (D-11)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

U.S. Senators:
Dianne Feinstein (D)
Barbara Boxer (D)

U.S. Representative:
Rep. George Miller (D-7)

What we all need to do is keep on sending the message to Sacramento that the cuts are hurting our kids and our future!