Tough Budget Decisions

Did you miss yesterday's MDUSD school board special budget meeting?

It was chock full of information and a road map for tough decision ahead.  Here's a summary with links to how you can get involved.

1. Schools & Communities First Initiative

2. Community Input on Budget - answer online survey this week

3. Fund Ed Now Week - post your story on social media 

4. Mt Diablo Community Against Vaping - join this new Facebook group

5. Superintendent letters & Next School Board meeting

School Board endorses Schools & Communities First ballot initiative

We began the meeting by unanimously passing a resolution endorsing Schools and Communities First Initiative, which is gathering signatures now for the November ballot. We join a long list of supporters including CTA, MDEA, and national PTA. Learn more & get involved at

Next, CBO Lisa Gonzales gave an in depth report of state impacts on our finances.

Community Input Plan for Budget Decisions

District staff then laid out a full plan for community input & engagement around tough budget decisions. See the new Budget Solutions district webpage at for details and please

--> fill out a quick online budget survey there in English or Spanish, open until this Friday Feb 7th, 5pm.***

That page also links to - in person opportunities for you to give input. In addition to presentations at existing committee meetings, the community and staff are invited to the following meetings:

Tuesday, February 18th - 7 pm Ygnacio Valley High School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 5:30 pm Riverview Middle School Multi Use Room
Thursday, February 20th - 7 pm Pleasant Hill Middle School Multi Use Room

Thank you all for sharing your perspective online, in person, in English or Spanish or other translation as needed. Please share this out and bring your friends/colleagues to the table too. The more voices involved, the better decisions we can make.

(p.s. Yesterday's budget mtg is online. Watch video, see agenda here:

Fund Education Now Week Feb 3-7, 2020

This week is Fund Education Now Week!  Join parents, students, teachers, superintendents, school board members in Contra Costa and Alameda counties - the more voices the better - in contacting our state legislators and the governor.

Join us!

  • Follow @CCCFundEd and @MtDiabloUSD on Twitter
  • Visit 
  • --> Share your story about what education funding looks like in your classroom or school on any social media, and copy/paste these tags: @GavinNewsom @BauerKahan @AsmGrayson @Steve_Glazer @BillDoddCA @CCCFundEd #FundCAed


In other news...

Mt Diablo Anti-Vaping Group Forming

Also last night, Monument Youth Alcohol & Drug Coalition (MYADC) presented at YV High PTSA meeting about a new group forming to help parents, students & community encourage cities within Mt Diablo school district to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping devices. 

--> Join their Facebook group here:  Mt Diablo Community Against Vaping.

Learn how to contact city council members and speak at meetings to encourage them to take action as soon as possible for the health of our youth in Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Pittsburg and Martinez .

The FDA, CDC, and California Department of Public Health have issued health alerts urging everyone to quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source.

Superintendent’s Friday Letter

Read Superintendent Dr Martinez’s January 31st letter here. It includes resources to prevent Human Trafficking that you can bring to your school.

These are always posted at and on Facebook & Twitter.  To receive these as emails, send a message to [email protected] to request to be added to the Superintendent’s email list.

Next School Board meeting February 10th

District staff will present results of this week's budget survey.  Visit to see the agenda when it is posted, and all meeting agendas & videos.

As always, share your ideas with our board via email or attend and speak at our board meetings.



Community leaders & partners are so important in this work for our students!  

Here I am with my EmergeCA sister Tiffanee Jones, who shared her powerful story at the 32nd District PTA Gun Violence Prevention Forum.

And Antioch Council member Monica Wilson hosted #RedSandProjectAntioch to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. You can bring this hands on project to your school to protect even more kids.

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