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Peter Burrows: Summer part of education answer

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The end of the school year is always of time of reflection, after the frenetic and celebratory air that surrounds graduation, awards ceremonies, and year-end community events. As an educator, you become accustomed to this cycle, of stewarding students throughout the year and then letting go, and there is an almost hushed silence around our schools as the wave of excitement, learning, and social interaction recedes, as it gathers strength to return in August.

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Superintendent Burrows: Education debate must be recast

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



I recently had the opportunity to attend a Senate Education Committee hearing on H.361, the education reform bill before the Legislature. It was a unique experience to sit among the crowd, and hear plaintive, impassioned pleas that clearly fell to one of two categories: for or against school governance change.

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On Point in Education: Incentivizing our education system

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The House Education bill, H.361, is out. This rangy bill covers a considerable number of educational issues, and carries with it many of the ideas that had been raised through House Speaker Shap Smith’s education workgroup. Specifically, it bears down on both education spending and governance, proposing a spending cap and an incentive/disincentive approach that aims to move us forward collectively and strike a balance between mandate and self-selection.

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On Point In Education: Reauthorization of education law is opportunity for change

Posted on February 11, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which spawned the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, is the central linchpin of the federal education agenda. Signed into law in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson, it has set forth federal agendas on education and has been the primary pathway for federal funding to state and local agencies.

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On Point In Education: Good to great

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



As we watch the political and emotional wheels turn before the start of our next legislative session, a familiar reality is emerging on the key educational issues we are facing. Proponents and opponents are lining up on both sides, decrying the data that are surfacing. Similar to the trajectory of the H.883 governance conversation last year, there are challenges ahead as we look to engage in bipartisan dialogue about Vermont’s next steps in education on a solid foundation of common ground.

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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: 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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On Point in Education: Addressing the opportunity gap

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



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One of the most promising aspects of Vermont’s political and educational landscape is the belief in community and civic engagement. For those coming to this state from elsewhere, it is a powerful realization to see such ardent participation in the health of our communities. It’s refreshing to see the public go beyond recrimination to take action and be part of finding solutions.

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Peter Burrows: Schools need educational balance

Posted on January 31, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



In the midst of the current educational landscape, the number of reform issues is overwhelming. As new educational leaders enter the field, they find themselves struggling to know who to listen to and where to put their limited leadership capital. Am I pro-Common Core or a charter school proponent? Is this the year to focus on assessment or whole child? In education, we’ve been drifting along for quite some time shoring our rafts to large ideas that have risen to prominence and receded from view in disturbingly short windows of time.

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