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Editorial: Vermont bucks 'popular' politics to invest in its kids

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s popular today to be critical of politicians in Washington, D.C., and in Montpelier. It’s popular to be against government spending and for tax cuts. It’s also popular to be against spending more on education — both at the state level and federal.

But what’s popular is not always smart.

What’s smart is to raise and spend money in ways that make our society stronger, enrich the individual and reduce the need for spending more on the back end.

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Opinion: Per-pupil cost info would help

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Ken Wilkins



The Dec. 4 editorial outlines the burden of tax for Vermont payers. Understanding of the reason for high tax rates per pupil is different. However, I do understand relative comparisons of expense.

If the school department would publish a comparison chart of cost per pupil in the other New England states, we would have a better understanding that you are doing a good job.

Ken Wilkins

Middlebury

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Community Forum: School spending must change

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

We recently released an estimate that property taxes used to pay for public school education will increase once again this year to pay for a projected increase in school spending. While this year’s projected property tax increase of around two cents is half of last year’s, it is hardly good news. We all know that rising property taxes to fund education have put an unsustainable burden on Vermonters.

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Opinion: Mind the gap in education

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



Last month, I wrote about the need for leadership on the educational issues facing Vermont, to address the great divide that exists on many of our most critical decisions. There are growing signs on every level of our educational systems that we must move forward and take action rather than engage in positional debates that further erode the platform from which we need to build a vision for education in Vermont.

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Opinion: Developing a direction for education

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



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Opinion: Milne has right vision for state

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Manchester Center



As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.

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Editorial: Parents to students — want to make an extra $500,000

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Vermont, it’s well known that our high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, while we rank toward the bottom among states in sending graduating seniors to higher education. Roughly 40 percent of high school graduates in Vermont do not go on to post-secondary education.

Part of the reason is money: A college-education is expensive and Vermont ranks among the least generous of states to subsidize those expenses for in-state students.

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Guest editorial: An overlooked opportunity in the education debate

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Rick Davis



There has been a lot of attention lately to rising education costs and how we fund education in Vermont. This is one of the most pressing issues we face. Our costs per student are one of the highest in the nation and our property taxes continue to increase beyond our capacity to pay. One indicator of the problem is that a record number of school budgets failed to pass on Town Meeting Day this year.

Quality education and the economy

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Opinion: Exploring what is possible in education

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



The 2014 legislative session has finally come to a close. There were many education-related bills that quietly made their way through the session as the majority of our focus was on H.883, the bill that would have made significant changes to our school governance structure by changing all supervisory unions into consolidated school districts. Following the trajectory of each education bill was challenging, as it seemed that the iterative process didn’t necessarily lend itself to logical development.

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