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This piece originally appeared in the Vermont School Boards Association’s October 2013 newsletter.
Last year brought good news for Vermont’s 15-year-old school funding system. An extensive study for the Legislature by Lawrence O. Picus and Associates concluded that Vermont provides “equal access to all towns for raising revenues for pre-K-12 education.” Further, the study found, the system “has reduced the variation in student achievement in reading and mathematics across schools.” Vermont’s school funding system is fair to taxpayers because all school districts have the same ability to raise revenue for their schools. Read more
New employment statistics, the first in two months, show employment in Vermont remains below its January 2013 level. September data, released this month because of the federal government shutdown in October, showed a small increase over August. But then employment declined; 3,000 fewer Vermonters were working in October than in January. Meanwhile, unemployment stood at 4.6 percent in September and 4.5 percent last month.
Vermont’s widening wage gap
The Occupy Wall Street movement drew attention to the growth in income inequality between those at the top and everyone else. Read more
LYNDONVILLE—The Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) and the Public Assets Institute (PAI) will face off this winter in a series of three debates on the proper role of government in education. Lyndon State College will host the opening debate Friday, December 13, 2013, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Burke Mountain Room on the fourth floor of the Samuel Read Hall Library.
The majority of Vermont communities operate public schools. However, in 93 towns—a little more than a third—residents have chosen not to operate their own schools but instead pay tuition to allow students to go to any school of their choosing—private or public. Read more
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