Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has joined with Democratic senators from around the country to address bullying in the nation’s schools, and to build upon anti-bullying approaches in Vermont.
Marlboro College expects an operating deficit this year of $3 million to $4 million, according to college President Kevin Quigley.
While the students of Mount Anthony Union High School and the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center had Wednesday off due to an in-service day, the faculty and staff were busy, practicing what they would do in the event of an emergency evacuation.
In Vermont, the pros and cons of universal pre-K fall along party lines. Democrats and Progressives largely support it; Republicans and libertarians mostly oppose it. Yet much to the surprise of Vermont conservatives, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has been supportive of state pre-kindergarten expansion.
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 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.
President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds dangerous, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.
“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.”
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?