Universal pre-K advocates tout Vermont’s approach to early education because of its alleged benefits, but getting kids to and from state-based preschool may be creating a problem for young children who use the state’s busing system.
A government that awards pay raises to teachers and superintendents even as the “herd” of students shrinks, while compressing the schools into a more centralized and expensive consolidation, is destroying its community at the source.
The review, conducted by the Institute for Research & Evaluation and published in the Institute of Law and Medicine in January, examined 60 studies of 40 school based comprehensive sex education programs in the U.S. as well as 43 studies of 39 programs in other countries.
We should put parents and children in the driver’s seat of their education and allow them to find the schools that they judge to be most amenable to each specific child’s education. School choice can be used to fight racism in Vermont schools.
The House Education Committee is busy formulating the next steps in what is and has been a long-term, hostile takeover of a cottage child care industry by a state-sanctioned, taxpayer-funded monopoly.
“Where we may have been behind in a lot of our early childhood opportunities, we can take a leapfrog forward, not just accept being average, but really start letting our children thrive and letting these systems thrive and hopefully be that gold standard,” Sununu added.
Vermont is currently following Maine down the “proficiency” path in public education. No more grades as we’ve known them. Instead we would have a proficiency-based system. It is a model favored by the Maine-based Great Schools Partnership, funded largely by Bill and Melinda Gates.
In “The Role of Government in Education,” Milton Friedman argued that basic free-market principles — such as competition and consumer freedom — should be reintroduced into the education marketplace.
Vermont’s fourth celebration of School Choice Week came to the Statehouse on Wednesday, with students sharing stories about the benefits of choice and education policy leaders calling for more action.
In one sentence at a press conference Wednesday, Brad Ferland of St. Albans declared the goal of National School Choice Week: “School choice should be expanded, and not taken away.”
National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella explains, “We choose everything in this country — the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the candidates we vote for. Why don’t more parents get to choose the educational environments that are right for their children?”