I’ve worked in low-end and high-end alcohol-serving establishments. While the customers may dress differently, they are the same human base when stripped naked. Being a bartender in a high-stress bar simply isn’t worth it.
The set of numbers describing student count, physical infrastructure, and personnel count will have to be viewed as a multifaceted tangle of needs, wants, values, visions, practicalities and I’m sure more.
I’ve come to the conclusion that an idea with true merit is to spend time reciting and discussing the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
I recently stepped back from participation on my local school board, and after giving myself some time to reflect, I have the following thoughts to offer.
There is no decent rationale that allows us to wait for the next count of children's bodies.
I cannot and will not consign funds for training sessions intended to advance the views of the VSBA and not the needs of all our district boards.
School board members across the state, have to put up with a continual assault by the state government that has been aided and abetted by the Vermont School Boards Association's policy advocacy.
The ones who should be moved out of the educational policy cycle are the legislators and governors.
Local districts and their boards have been given ample time to reflect and act in a manner that responds to statewide as well as local needs.
The notion that there is no distinction between school districts and the towns and cities that host them has resulted in district unification discussions being held hostage to the needs of towns and not the schools.
We are still living with a system that violates the equal protection clause of the federal Constitution's 14th Amendment.
The strengths of Vermont's supervisory union structure is shining through and driving the discussions about Act 46.
At its regular meeting of July 24 the Vermont State Board of Education went into an illegal executive session so as to receive legal advice regarding Act 46.
The challenges and opportunities for school districts and the boards that oversee them have in the last several years come at an amazing rate that is simultaneously frustrating and energizing.