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Editorial: School budgets meet the axe

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Local school board members and school officials are in the midst of finding out just how tough it is to cut 2 percent out of the budget. For the UD-3 board, which oversees the Middlebury Union Middle School and High School, that 2 percent amounts to $341,565 out of a $15,445,919 budget. But, as UD-3 Supt. Lee Sease said, the cuts really amount to closer to 4 percent because of the added cost of inflation.

That $341,565 reduction in expenses, therefore, becomes $661,000 — and that’s not small change.

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Editorial: That, too, is the American way

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Public anger against the federal bailout that rescued the nation’s financial system from collapse, prevented the bankruptcies of the nation’s auto companies and salvaged the insurance industry — preventing a second Great Depression, according to most economists — has turned the 2010 mid-term elections upside down. The lack of understanding from Tea Party supporters and like-minded conservatives is appalling, but so is the two-faced political response from both parties.

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Editorial: An important educational goal

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes of the America’s education system,” President Barack Obama challenged them to produce an additional 5 million graduates by 2020 to meet a growing demand for more educated workers. The White House put the nation’s two-year institutions in the spotlight because they are ideally suited to reinvent their educational and training programs to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.

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Editorial: That's no small potatoes

Posted on October 4, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you’re over 40 and you think back to when you were in school, the idea that students would one day become excited about school lunches seems preposterous.

But change can bring good things and that’s certainly the case with the local food movement coming to Vermont schools. That Monkton Center School and Bristol Elementary are two of the latest of area schools to jump on the local foods in schools bandwagon is added evidence of the movement’s momentum, educational benefit and economic impact.

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Editorial: Expanding the merger debate

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Residents of the seven-town Addison Central Supervisory Union should embrace the decision of that board to explore the feasibility of merging their resources and governance through consolidation. No possible harm can come from having an ad hoc committee explore the issues, discuss the relevant facts and engage the communities in a discussion about the future of their respective schools.

We add, however, a caution and encourage expanding the scope of the discussion.

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