Education

Bloated Bureaucracy Closes Vermont Schools

Like a dragon eating its tail, the Vermont’s bureaucracy continues to bloat like a runaway Coronavirus, exponentially expanding “services” even as these very burdens drive more citizens into poverty, drug use, or emigration to more affordable states. A particularly virulent area of indefatigable expansion is schools. In 2013, Vermont held the distinction of having the Read More…

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I-89 Political Power – Bigger Coop Needed for Act 46 Chickens

100 years ago, political power was decentralized By Job Tate If rural Vermonters feel unheard, misunderstood and largely forgotten, it might have something to do with I-89. Over the past 100 years, Vermont has witnessed its statewide leaders, and where they live, congregate along the I-89 corridor.  Like a black hole collapsing in on itself, Read More…

Education

The One Question YOU Should Ask

Here is one important question you can ask: Can someone explain why after the implementation of Act 46, taxes are still going up? Further, when do you anticipate taxes will start going down, if ever? Current statistics show that from 2019 to 2021 the total equalized pupil count dropped 1500 while homestead education taxes increased Read More…

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JFO Releases Preliminary Tax Implications of Pupil Weighting Study

Last week, Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) submitted testimony to the Senate Education Committee which included a new analysis on the impacts of the recent Pupil Weighting Study.  The high-level analysis shows that 77 districts (generally those with the highest poverty rates) would see an average tax rate decrease of $0.18 and 39 districts (generally those with Read More…

Education

Re-Energizing Vermont’s Public Education System

from Campaign for Vermont As is our Vermont tradition, we must be innovative with our public education system in order to compete in a 21st century economy. There is little doubt that Vermont’s K-12 public education system is under stress. Student population has decreased by nearly 20,000 over the past two decades, property taxes are Read More…

Education

VSBA Meeting March 2019 (video)

Vermont School Boards Association meeting March 2019. Providing information on the adoption of Act 46. As of July 2019, the following schools are closing or restructuring due to Act 46. Holland – June 2019 NCS Underhill – June 2019? Chittenden East Reading- Removed 5th /6th grade and cut principal and teacher positions. As of Sept Read More…