If the conclusions presented to House lawmakers last week are indicative of what’s to come on pre-kindergarten programs, Vermonters can expect to see increased calls for expanding early education on the taxpayer dime.
In this Statehouse Headliners, medical pot for every disease clears Vermont Senate, fossil fuel divestment is back, Homeless Bill of Rights still alive, and proposed racism panel may have skin color quota.
In a day and age when schoolchildren are all too familiar with active-shooter and shelter-in-place drills, schoolchildren want adults to know that enough is enough.
Morey said students are calling on lawmakers to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and expand background checks on all gun sales. Politicians backed by the NRA, she added, “want you to forget the 427 mass shootings in 2017 alone.”
Around the region and around the country students walked out of class on Wednesday to demand action on gun violence in schools, despite snowfall causing numerous cancellations and delays.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos waded into election integrity issues Tuesday, announcing his fears that a section of a bill moving through Congress could lead to the policing of polling places by armed Secret Service agents.
In this week’s Statehouse Headliners, Vermont Yankee settlement gets near-unanimous approval, an environmental group calls state carbon policies ineffective and costly, and solar jobs decline 13 percent due to tariffs.
“We have reversed the trend of the rest of the state, we’re actually increasing the student population, but unfortunately the state funding model punishes our success,” said Ian Jones, chair of the Mountain School’s Board of Trustees. “We ask you to continue the model of choice.”
The Scott administration is responding to a backlash from gun rights groups amid a wave of gun-control initiatives advancing at the Statehouse following the mass school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.
A half dozen gun-rights leaders spoke Friday at the University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel to oppose gun control measures being advanced in Montpelier by state lawmakers.
When it comes to judging the academic preparedness of Vermont’s students, how effective are the results of the latest multi-grade test instrument of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium?