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We stand with the children of Pasadena's public schools.  It is likely that Pasadena School Board will close 3 of our schools in order to balance the budget. 

WE SAY NO!  Children of Cleveland, Franklin, and Wilson are OUR children. This is not how you champion public schools, by giving up on them.

16 DAYS to Raise $4 Million
START: Mon, Oct. 29, 2018
END: WED, Nov. 14, 2018

Please chip in what you can.  $1, $5, $20.  Show our children they are worth it. 
Power in Numbers.  PLEASE SHARE. 

The amount raised will go towards the operation of Cleveland, Franklin, Wilson through 2021 fiscal year plus GoFundMe withdrawal and transaction fees.  

If we DO NOT reach our fundraising goal by Nov. 14, 2019, ALL DONORS WILL BE REFUNDED 100% of their donation amount.

On Tues, Oct. 30, 2018, Pasadena School Board will vote on whether to close these 3 schools. Please donate NOW to show them the community supports an opportunity to better our situation rather than rushing into an irreversible decision.  Parents of Pasadena Unified will be presenting a letter to School Board to urge them to delay the vote. 

Parents need the opportunity to help their own children. 

In order to give as much time possible to raise money, we urge that the Board delay the vote to close the schools until the latest possible date, November 14, 2019 the day before the Los Angeles County of Education deadline to offer a balanced budget or request that the Board ask LACOE for an additional extension on the budget deadline just before open enrollment begins in January 2019.  The lives of hundreds of students, families, and staff hang in the balance of this decision not only in the schools that would be closed but the schools to which those students will be transferred. We want the opportunity to give the best education possible in the caring, stable and familiar environment among staff who our children have known for years.

ALL CHILDREN of PUSD are the SAME.  Our children have the SAME love for their schools, friends, and teachers.   When you hurt one of our schools, it hurts ALL OF US.  


Tina Fredericks
Willard and Blair parent

Jacquilyne Camarillo
Wilson parent
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Nov. 2, 2019 PRESS RELEASE
In October PUSD School Board Assured Cleveland Elementary School PTA President the School Would Not Close and then Voted to Close the School at the October 30th Board Meeting

PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald and Board of Education Member Michelle Richardson-Bailey held several meetings with Cleveland PTA and parents in the weeks leading up to the October 30th School Board vote to close Cleveland school assuring the parents and PTA representatives that Cleveland would not be closed. They also offered parents several ideas that the District and the school could implement to increase enrollment at Cleveland.

On October 30th, the Board voted to lose Cleveland as a way to close a $10 million budget gap, betraying an entire community of parents, students and teachers. While Cleveland was the elementary school of legendary sports and human rights hero Jackie Robinson, it is currently the school to a large population of foster children who have found a stable, supportive and loving community in their elementary school.

These foster kids have found a school that feels like home. The teachers know what their needs are and support, encourage and protect them on a daily basis. The Cleveland community is a supportive, caring place for these kids to flourish. Now, they will be sent to a different school with a much larger student population and teachers who may not understand these kid’s special emotional issues and needs. Many of these kids have been denied the security of an intact home life and have come to see their “Cleveland family” as a safe, supportive place to thrive. They will no longer have this home environment.

Cleveland parents are trying to raise their own funds to save their school. They have even discussed the possibility of starting their own Charter school. However, many parents and teachers are still in disbelief that they could have been so betrayed by the District that pledged to help them boost enrollment just weeks before.

This type of behavior form the Board is just the latest example of a lack of real leadership and connection to the community. Closing Cleveland doesn’t just affect the students and teachers at Cleveland, it affects every school in the District as students will move to another elementary school, increasing class size and teachers from Cleveland with seniority can “bump” teachers at other schools who may have less seniority and take their jobs. The effects of this will triple if the other two schools, Franklin Elementary and Wilson Middle School are closed.

Parents are looking to unseat three of the Board Members who are up for reelection next year and replace them with candidates who will have a proactive approach to increasing enrollment in PUSD instead of the reactive approach of cutting programs, laying off teachers and closing schools as the Board has done in 2006, 2011 and now in 2018.

If you are interested in following up on this story, please contact Cleveland PTA P{resident Wendy Valencia (626) 975-0635 or email:
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Oct. 30, 2018
Thank you all for your generosity. Anything is possible when people come together.
The School Board voted today to close Cleveland and against closing Franklin and Wilson. Keep in mind that at the start of the discussion, President of the Board said that all items should remain on the table until the budget is balanced. This tells me things can change from now until Nov 14, 2018 the day before the budget is due.
With that in mind, we continue as normal to raise money through Nov 14, 2018.
We are currently looking into getting donations from local businesses. Please email tina.k.fredericks@ gmail for suggestions.
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