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Vermont House Education Committee
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4, from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., volunteers will testify before the Vermont House Education Committee about the importance of passing S.245, the CPR in Schools bill, which will provide every Vermont high school student with an opportunity to learn CPR before graduating.
Last December I hosted a facilitated gathering of educators to answer the question: how can we preserve and improve the quality of education with continued cutbacks and likely consolidation? What emerged from this group became the core principle of H.66 and Act 153: provide incentives for local voluntary mergers.
Kilmartin proposed that the public education system be exempted from the Challenges; Public Strategies Group and Vilaseca supported the idea.
Posted in Education | Tagged Armando Vilaseca, Babak Armajani, Challenges for Change, Douglas administration, Public Strategies Group, Shap Smith, Tom Evslin, Vermont Department of Education, Vermont House, Vermont House Education Committee, Vermont legislature
Vilaseca recommends mandatory redistricting, higher student-to-staff ratios and sweeping changes to special education
Education advocates give Vilaseca an A for effort and an F for proposing to mandate school district mergers and redraw the boundaries himself.
Posted in Education | Tagged Armando Vilaseca, Challenges for Change, Jeffrey Francis, Joey Donovan, John Nelson, Vermont Department of Education, Vermont House Education Committee, Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont Superintendents Association
Linda Waite-Simpson: “To put a cookie cutter district plan on this incredibly complex system is a recipe for disaster.”