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Community Forum: Why I voted against school consolidation

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis, a former Rutland Northeast superintendent and the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, which has researched school consolidations nationally.

When the press release named me as the only state board of education member who voted against the Legislature’s consolidation plan, the perfectly predictable result was a stampede of reporters asking me, “Why?” Here’s my answer:

The bill is ghost dancing.

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Guest editorial: Having skin in the game

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a Goshen resident. He served as a Vermont superintendent of schools and taught education finance at the University of Vermont.

The school funding debate is particularly toasty this town meeting season. With some reason! Most observers agree that our per pupil education costs are among the highest in the nation. When compared to inflation or portion of the gross state product, however, the increases are much more modest.

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Guest editorial: School test scores and what we should do with them

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis of Goshen, a member of the state board of education, a former Vermont superintendent of schools and managing director of the National Education Policy Center.

A Closer Look at School Test Scores —

And What We Should be Doing About Them

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