“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”
Twin Valley School District has a communication problem. Board members and administrators acknowledge as much, and have made improving communication a top priority. District leaders deserve credit ...
May 14, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill has too many flaws
The Vermont Senate is about to pass a seriously flawed piece of legislation. And rural communities, small schools, and property tax payers across the state will pay the price for those flaws if, or...
May 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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The greatest atrocity may be forgetting about Dachau
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then the...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senate bill will create “phantom” tax rates
“This ‘leap before you look’ approach led to Health Connect. We don’t need an Ed. Connect, too.” Marty Strange, Vermonters for Schools and Community The Vermont Legislature is racing headlong into ...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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One size doesn't fit all
What came first, Act 60 or the decline of student population? It’s the latest variation of the old chicken and egg joke. But it’s no joke that the two have been intertwined for the better part of t...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Art opens windows
There’s something about art that touches people at their core. From man’s earliest recorded history, art has been the way to chronicle everyday life, pay homage to the unknown and the powerful, and...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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H.361 falls far short of offering tax relief
Apr 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
“We have an education system in Vermont that is designed to serve significantly more students than we currently have or are projected to have for the foreseeable future. That hurts educational qual...
Pay attention to change
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Work continues in the Vermont Statehouse on education governance reform. While the final shape of any legislation is still a ways off, it’s clear that a few core concepts have risen to the surface ...
Transparency is key to good government
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
This week is Sunshine Week. While it may be hard for some to grasp, given the long, cold winter we’re slowly emerging from, Sunshine Week isn’t about warmer temperatures or longer days. It’s about ...
H.361 a monster of a bill
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
Two weeks ago the House Education Committee voted unanimously to send a new bill, H361, out of the committee to the House for more consideration. That move has prompted much discussion around the s...
No surprises a surprise
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
Veteran attendees will be the first to say there’s always something unexpected awaiting them at Town Meeting. Interestingly enough, this year saw very few surprises, at least in local communities. ...
Town Meeting about building community
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
“Oh, not more Town Meeting stuff.” The young assistant in the newspaper office who traffics press releases and letters to the editor was moaning about the heavy volume of commentary and news items ...