“Don’t be idle, be radical about the issues you care about. Radicality can take shape in many ways. You can protest for your human and civil rights, you can write letters, you can use your privilege to speak out when you see oppressive actions being carried out.”
A long-awaited report from Vermont’s education secretary recommends the merger of the Bennington Incorporated District, the Pownal Elementary District, the Shaftsbury Elementary District and the Woodford Elementary District into a single union elementary school district.
The single unified union school district would educate pre-k-12 students and include the current governance structures of the Brattleboro Union High School District, Brattleboro School District, Dummerston School District, Guilford School District and Putney School District.
The ruling elite of all parties in Vermont have doubled down on this approach with the coercive and tyrannical Act 46. The political promises of reduced costs, lower taxes, equality of education and increased opportunities were false. The exact opposite result is happening. The next phase of Act 46 will be Gov. Scott’s school closing commission. This for me is unacceptable.
The Agency of Education has recommended 18 consolidations for school districts that haven’t yet merged in accordance with Act 46. But of 43 districts or groups of districts that filed “Section 9” proposals for alternative governance structures, 22 shouldn’t have to merge, according to a report released Friday.
While the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program might not be having an immediate positive effect on the standardized test scores prized by researchers and policy bean counters, it is having a potentially more meaningful, long-term impact on participants’ academic attainment and future life outcomes.
According to the National Education Association, we have, by far, the largest per-student investment in the country, spending twice the national average. We have a good graduation rate, but our student test scores are only two percentage points higher than the national average. It’s time to have the courage to admit we can do much more for our kids.
Gov. Phil Scott has signed H.897 that reforms the special education funding formula, moving away from a pay-per-play formula towards a census-based grant formula. But how Scott wants to use the savings has some Democrat lawmakers in a tizzy.
When people cry racism when racism isn’t actually there, it only desensitizes people to the evil that racism is. Unfortunately, it seems that this is happening today.
At the rate we are going, saying “good morning” might become offensive. Every American, of any background, has a good reason to celebrate 1776.
“I would like to suggest that Marlboro College is progressive only in name, not in behavior,” she said. “It is a disgusting display to hear people in this audience boo.”