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education http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/118/all en Rep. Sharpe pushes change in education through H.361 http://addisonindependent.com/201503rep-sharpe-pushes-change-education-through-h361 <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29040" style="width: 159px;"><a href="/201503rep-sharpe-pushes-change-education-through-h361"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Sharpe at town mtg.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Sharpe at town mtg.jpg" title="Sharpe at town mtg.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="159" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. DAVID SHARPE speaks at Bristol&#039;s town meeting on March 2. Independent photo/Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Rep. David Sharpe doesn&rsquo;t give off the aura of a salesman. His elbow-patched blazers may echo Willy Loman, but the soft-spoken, veteran legislator isn&rsquo;t in the business of sweet-talking his way to a few bucks.</p> <p> But however unnatural it may come to him, selling was exactly what Sharpe set out to do at town meetings in his district this week. It&rsquo;s not goods the Bristol Democrat is hawking, but an education bill that would drastically change the organization of Vermont&rsquo;s schools and alter how they are governed.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29009">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503rep-sharpe-pushes-change-education-through-h361" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Bray Death of a Salesman education Featured H.361 legislature Sharpe Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:31:49 +0000 Zach Despart 29009 at http://addisonindependent.com County voters reject five school budgets http://addisonindependent.com/201503county-voters-reject-five-scool-budgets <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart and Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.</p> <p> Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28966">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503county-voters-reject-five-scool-budgets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County bristol budget education Featured Ferrisburgh Montkon Mount Abraham taxes vergennes voters VUHS Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:17 +0000 Zach Despart 28966 at http://addisonindependent.com On Point in Education: Incentivizing our education system http://addisonindependent.com/201503point-education-incentivizing-our-education-system <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Burrows </div> </div> </div> <p> 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&rsquo;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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28931">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503point-education-incentivizing-our-education-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Burrows consolidation education incentives reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:06:57 +0000 Zach Despart 28931 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Local control key in education spending http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-local-control-key-education-spending <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matthew Witten </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Town Meeting on Saturday in Starksboro featured a lengthy discussion with key players in the state&rsquo;s, the county&rsquo;s and the town&rsquo;s education deciders.</p> <p align="left"> Joining our debate, in addition to our local school board, were Superintendent David Adams and Rep. Dave Sharpe, chair of the Vermont House Education Committee.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28925">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-local-control-key-education-spending" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education local control spending Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:04 +0000 Zach Despart 28925 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Voters' message on school budgets — Keep moving forward http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> School budgets around the state, for the most part, fared better this year than last when 34 budgets were defeated in town meeting balloting. Why the difference? Largely because the average school budget increase was held to just under 3 percent, compared to much higher increases in 2014.</p> <p> But there is also the perception that the Legislature is responding to the changing landscape caused by the steep decline in the number of students in Vermont (it&rsquo;s down 21,000 in the past two decades), the low teacher-pupil ratios and the consequent high per-pupil cost.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28918">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget consolidation education reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:24:51 +0000 Zach Despart 28918 at http://addisonindependent.com Education bill proposes single districts http://addisonindependent.com/201502education-bill-proposes-single-districts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; The House Education Committee is drafting a new bill that would eliminate the state&rsquo;s more than 60 supervisory unions and replace them with larger school districts that advocates believe could do a better job sharing resources while carrying fewer employees.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28646">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502education-bill-proposes-single-districts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County education Featured legislative breakfast Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:26:05 +0000 Zach Despart 28646 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Education bill sets the stage for Town Meeting discussion http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-education-bill-sets-stage-town-meeting-discussion <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> Consider how it might work if a legislative proposal to create a single school board per school district were approved this session. The measure, for example, would phase out the seven elementary school boards in the Addison Central Supervisory Union, the UD-3 board (representing the Middlebury Union Middle School and the Middlebury Union High School), and the supervisory union board. In their place, one district board would represent that seven-town constituency with one combined budget.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28631">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502editorial-education-bill-sets-stage-town-meeting-discussion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:34:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28631 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers weigh costs of school consolidation http://addisonindependent.com/201502lawmakers-weigh-costs-school-consolidation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Vermont House Education Committee is &ldquo;up to our eyeballs in education policy,&rdquo; committee chairman Rep. David Sharpe told a group of around 40 at the Legislative Breakfast at the Middlebury American Legion hall on Monday. The Bristol Democrat said that changes to the way Vermont schools are governed and financed is high on the legislative agenda.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28547">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502lawmakers-weigh-costs-school-consolidation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County education legislature Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:54:58 +0000 Evan Johnson 28547 at http://addisonindependent.com On Point In Education: Reauthorization of education law is opportunity for change http://addisonindependent.com/201502point-education-reauthorization-education-law-opportunity-change <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Burrows </div> </div> </div> <p> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28503">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502point-education-reauthorization-education-law-opportunity-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion ACSU education legislature Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:33:34 +0000 Zach Despart 28503 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: School finance reform needed http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> George Jaeger </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Max Kraus&rsquo; excellent letter in the Jan. 15 <em>Addison Independent</em> goes to the heart of the matter. It&rsquo;s not just that school taxes are high and rising &mdash; even as student populations decline &mdash; but that the system is hugely inefficient and produces at best average results.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28239">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education reform taxes Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:19:06 +0000 Zach Despart 28239 at http://addisonindependent.com End of Small School Grants would hit home http://addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending &ldquo;Small School Grants,&rdquo; extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.</p> <p> In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28184">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Burrows education Featured legislature reform school funding Sharpe taxes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28184 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: School funding must be changed http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-funding-must-be-changed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Max Kraus </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> As the debate over school funding heats up I would like to add my voice to those who view our school taxes too high AND unfairly allocated. I believe the two problems are interrelated.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27964">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-funding-must-be-changed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education school funding Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:18:34 +0000 Zach Despart 27964 at http://addisonindependent.com On Point In Education: Good to great http://addisonindependent.com/201501point-education-good-great <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Burrows </div> </div> </div> <p> 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&rsquo;s next steps in education on a solid foundation of common ground.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27873">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501point-education-good-great" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:55:52 +0000 Zach Despart 27873 at http://addisonindependent.com Rep. David Sharpe to head education committee http://addisonindependent.com/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27870" style="width: 67px;"><a href="/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Sharpe.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Sharpe.jpg" title="Sharpe.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="67" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. DAVID SHARPE, D-BRISTOL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Addison County will have an important seat at the table when the Vermont Legislature gets to work this month on education finance reform, tabbed by many lawmakers as the top priority for the 2015 session.</p> <p> Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has picked Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, to chair the House Education Committee, a panel that will clearly play a big role in devising and advancing any bills aimed at changing the manner in which the state&rsquo;s public schools are financed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27869">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County bristol education Featured legislature reform Sharpe Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:49:12 +0000 Zach Despart 27869 at http://addisonindependent.com Top stories of 2014: #8 — School budgets go down as call for tax reform grows http://addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27761" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/FPMarch6.thumbnail.jpg" alt="FPMarch6.jpg" title="FPMarch6.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> As in many past years, 2014 saw many Vermonters complain about their property taxes, and that portion of the tax that pays for education in particular. But as in most years, proposals for reform of school funding were put forward but not acted upon.</p> <p> Still, residents in seven local towns indicated that they had had enough, and they rejected some proposed school spending plans on Town Meeting Day.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27762">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County 2014 education reform school funding Top 10 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:36:55 +0000 Zach Despart 27762 at http://addisonindependent.com