Gov. Phil Scott on Friday acknowledged the pain of closing in-person schools for the rest of the year but said the step was necessary to mitigate the effects of a growing statewide pandemic.
“The education of our students and the bonding and learning experiences they have at schools are tremendously important, so I fully appreciate the impact and difficulty of this decision,” said Governor Phil Scott.
The move follows similar actions taken by about two-dozen states. An estimated 25 million students across the nation will be home for various periods. Vermont schools will be closed from Wednesday until at least April 6.
Not only does school choice produce high quality schools such as St. Johnsbury Academy, Thaddeus Stephens School, and The Riverside School, but it is cheaper to educate children in these schools than it is in traditional public schools.
Middlebury College announced Tuesday it will send students home on spring break early this Friday, and will conduct all classes by remote learning for the rest of the semester.
The question for Vermont this March 31 will be whether this tolerant, liberal state will again gain national notoriety for its lack of tolerance and disregard for established free speech law.
Bipolar disorder is a serious condition afflicting nearly 6 million Americans. Unfortunately, it’s also a metaphor for our public schools. Symptoms of mania include rapid speech, grandiose ideas, and wild spending sprees. Education “reformers” exhibit all three.
A graduating in-state student who has lived on campus the past four years has saved over $12,000 compared with the rate increases at other universities; and an out-of-state student has saved over $31,000.
A recently released study found that the perception that professors are indoctrinating students is fairly universal at one of the nation’s large public universities.
Over the past 30 years of arguing for parental choice in education, I could always count on a left wing opponent, usually an ally of the teachers union, saying “Rich people can get their children to school, but poor people can’t afford transportation and will be left out.”
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.