“Like me, she actually has less power than they think,” Rebecca Holcombe said of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “She can’t make radical changes … without the support of Congress.”
“I am concerned this sets up an increase in taxes next year, but that ship has sailed,” said Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington.
The governor told residents to vote down their local school budgets if the amount is excessive, but he stopped short of calling for a blanket rejection.
Scott has made a responsible proposal to untie the expensive Gordian knot of Vermont’s education funding system.
“If schools make the cuts the governor has asked for, Vermont homeowners won’t see lower taxes,” according to Paul Cillo, an architect of the education fund.
The administration — already rebuffed by a Senate panel — wanted to focus on that aspect of the governor’s education proposal. But House committee members raised broad issues with the overall plan.
House Ways and Means identified issues with the timing and constitutionality of the education overhaul, while the tax commissioner acknowledged a major financial gap.
It’s not yet clear if the numbers in the governor’s bold plan for education spending add up, but they do count for something.
The Phil Scott who laid out an ambitious overhaul of the state’s school funding was not the same one many voters and Montpelier colleagues had grown accustomed to as lieutenant governor and a state senator.
A Boston consulting firm and its former clients in Vermont say its approach can yield better student achievement for less money. The firm says it has worked with more than 100 school districts in 35 states.
Wilmington’s local tax rate went up 2 percent. But with the state’s education rate, residential rates were going up 14 percent and nonresidential rates 6 percent.
Tucked away in the education bill just passed in Montpelier – the one that has everybody talking about consolidation – is $300,000 earmarked for a study.
While education bestows many benefits upon the individual, the genius of public education is in what it gives to all of society.
The governor declared that “tax raising won’t work” to solve the deficit. Before he was done, however, he was back into tax raising.