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Time running out at Statehouse for education reform bill

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers on Monday were unsure whether a sweeping bill calling for expansion of public school districts would receive final legislative approval before the 2014 session concludes in about three weeks.

The bill in question is H.883, which allows the state’s current 282 school to voluntarily realign into around 50 expanded K-12 districts. Each school district would be governed by a single board and operate on a single budget.

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Opinion: Single-board option moves system into modern era

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By Jerome Shedd



Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the UD-3 school board and a retired public school elementary teacher.

Though I am a school board member, the views expressed here are my own.

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School consolidation: Superintendents weigh in on costs vs. benefits

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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Bill H.883 would dramatically cut number of school districts, boards

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — A bill working its way through the Vermont House of Representatives would dramatically alter the way primary and secondary schools in the Green Mountain State are governed.

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Two area supervisory unions reject school consolidation

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON / FAIR HAVEN  — The Rutland Northeast and Rutland Addison supervisory unions on March 26 both passed resolutions officially rejecting H.833, the school consolidation bill.

The RNeSU resolution reads as follows:

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Editorial: Is H.833 a step toward reform?

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



This year the Legislature has successfully crafted a viable bill, H.883, that focuses the public’s attention on education reform. That’s no easy task, and it’s to the credit of the House Education Committee under the leadership of Rep. Johannah Donovan, D-Burlington. That committee, along with its Senate counterpart, has been studying ways to bend the curve on education spending for the past several years, and, as importantly, craft a system that uses the money spent educating Vermont students more effectively.

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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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Opinion: Problem with rising school taxes in Montpelier

Posted on March 21, 2014 |
By Jay Harrington



The article “Lawmakers lament school tax hikes” (Addison Independent, March 13) made me concerned because the lawmakers didn’t see the disconnect between the school budgets’ changes and the state’s school property tax rate.

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Lawmakers lament school tax hikes

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Legislature did not convene last week, lawmakers received a homework assignment doled out by area voters on Town Meeting Day: Do something about rising education property taxes.

Vermont residents voted down 35 of approximately 250 school budgets that were on communities’ town meeting dockets on March 3 and 4 — the largest number of failed spending plans since the advent of Act 68 in 2005, according to Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol.

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Lawmakers eye changes in Vermont school financing system

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Area lawmakers on Monday explained their latest efforts to deal with an issue on many Addison County residents’ minds during town meeting week: education property taxes, which have been escalating each year while the number of school-age children in the state has been declining.

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