In this edition of the podcast Rumble Strip Vermont, conversationalist Erica Heilman explores some of the fallout that some rural communities fear from a law the Legislature passed last year, Act 46. The purpose of the law was to try to control education costs in an era of shrinking student population by consolidating school districts and possibly, down the road, closing schools, particularly in rural communities.
Erica interviews the following people in the piece:
Lincoln Petell, the chairman of the school board in Holland.
Susan Clark, a facilitator, educator, and the co-author of “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home.” She is also Town Moderator in Middlesex.
John Castle, the superintendent of the North Country Supervisory Union.
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