On Friday, the House Education Committee discussed new rules that schools must follow under the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions, which haven’t changed since October. Among other things, vaccinated and unvaccinated students may have different guidelines.
The number of Vermont students in the public K-12 system declined by 12 percent, falling from 85,079 to 74,930 students — a loss of over 10,000 kids. However, the number of students who tuitioned to approved independent schools increased in total from 3,701 to 3,842.
A majority of lawmakers in the House Education Committee are recommending that the city of Winooski should allow noncitizens to vote — in some cases almost immediately upon arrival — in local elections, including those that affect the statewide Education Fund.
The report, released by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, found that so-called Educational Freedom Accounts could save the state’s taxpayers more than $6.5 million the first two years.
The Equality Act doesn’t just rewrite the entire canon of American law on discrimination. It takes a swing at long-standing protections for religious liberty and local control of education.
“There’s a new kind of discrimination on campus that’s going on that I really feel that we need to talk about, and I think that everybody is afraid to talk about it. And this discrimination is against whiteness,” Kindsvatter said.
For every dollar spent on actual fiber buildout, taxpayers would need to spend $1.20. This is a problem. Don’t get us wrong, broadband is critically important to the future of our state. But this approach doesn’t make sense.
The inexcusable failure of most American public schools to reopen public schools since they “temporarily” shut down a year ago has taken a heavy toll on the educational progress and mental health of America’s children and teenagers.
A Vermont lawmaker proposed a resolution that would force all teachers to take an African-American history class while in college. The legislation would also apply to teachers reapplying for their teaching licenses — a process that occurs every three to five years.
“Brave Little Town” lawn signs in abundance around the area are urging local voters of the Addison Central School District to vote “yes” in letting Ripton School out of the district.
Since the merger, Woolf, a Westford resident of 37 years, has not grown any fonder of the idea. He cites the loss of school choice as the main reason for the district’s economic success, as the towns no longer must pay tuition for students who want to attend other schools.
Last month the three-member Vermont Tax Structure Commission delivered a well-written, informative and conscientious report. The Legislature will now need to come to grips with some very large taxation change proposals. The longest part of the report deals with our complex property tax financing of education.