PUSD Parents Group
Effective May 12, 2018
PUSD Parents Group currently advocates five initiatives at the district level aiming to provide PUSD students a better quality education on a more sustainable base.
As a volunteer-based nonprofit organization, PPG relies100% on support from parent volunteers. PPG welcomes more parent volunteers, either to join PPG’s existing project teams, or to start new initiatives, or both. As we all know, a great school district starts with caring and dedicated parents.
- Public Oversight of PUSD Financials
Project Lead: (vacant)
Previous Project Lead: John Riley (10/5/2015 – 12/31/2016), Jessica Xu (5/7/2015 – 10/4/2015)
PPG supports fiscal responsibility in PUSD. PUSD was once known for its fiscal austerity, which laid the financial foundation for its outstanding academic performance. Unfortunately, the long tradition of fiscal discipline was outwardly lost when Dr. Collins became the Superintendent in July 2010. The district became national news because of the infamous Billion Dollar Capital Appreciation Bond in 2011. Making a bad situation worse, the district had year-after-year deficits four years in succession from 2011-2012 school year to 2014-2015 school year with an accumulated deficit over $88 million.
Our goal is to provide essential public oversight of PUSD financials to restore our great district’s financial sustainability.
- Appropriate Implementation of Educational Technology
Project Lead: Jessica Xu (1/1/2018 – present)
Previous Project Lead: Jessica Xu (5/7/2015 – 12/31/2017)
PPG supports innovative curriculum initiatives and greater cultural education. There is no doubt that digital technology has transformed our lifestyle and the way we work. However, prevalence of digital devices has led to the escalation of associated health problems such as Computer Vision Syndrome, visual stress-induced School Myopia, Electronic Screen Syndrome, Internet Addiction and Social Anxiety. Unfortunately, children and teenagers are the most vulnerable victims.
Our goal is to ensure appropriate implementation of educational technology in K-12 schools that meet three criteria: Safety first, solid proof in improving student achievements, and cost effectiveness compared to alternative approaches.
- Supporting Mandarin Initiative
Project Lead: Yan Yang (1/1/2018 – present)
Previous Project Lead: Yan Yang (5/1/2016 – 12/31/2017), Lucy Lu (8/15/2015 – 4/22/2016)
PPG supports innovative curriculum initiatives and greater cultural education. Mandarin is the most spoken language world-wide. China is projected to become the World’s No. 1 economy in near future. PPG supports launching Mandarin immersion program in magnet elementary school and Mandarin language courses in secondary schools so that our students are better prepared for a more integrated global market.
- Supporting Spanish Initiative
Project Lead: (vacant)
Previous Project Lead: Richard Mason (1/1/2017 – 05/10/2017), Gabriela Dow (1/11/2016 – 12/31/2016), John Riley (8/17/2015 – 11/4/2015)
PPG supports innovative curriculum initiatives and greater cultural education. Spanish is the most common language used in Mexico, Central America and South America. PPG supports Spanish immersion program in magnet elementary school and Spanish language courses in secondary schools so that our students are better prepared for a more integrated global market.
- Restoring School Library Funding
Project Lead: Richard Mason (01/01/2018 – present)
Previous Project Lead: Karen Zheng and Richard Mason (5/15/2017 – 12/31/2017), Richard Mason and Cathy Hou (8/26/2015 – 12/31/2016)
Until early 2000, PUSD provided budgets to fund school library books at $25 per student and support full-time librarians. Unfortunately, the funding for books has been cut gradually since 2000 to zero today. The librarian time has been cut gradually to only 20 hours per week nowadays.
The PPG library initiative seeks to focus PUSD’s attention on school libraries, especially to restore library funding to the level of 2000-2001 and to explore new ways for libraries to maximize the students’ learning experience.