Vermont is among 10 states losing money because school districts are too small. By merging into larger districts and eliminating redundant costs, researchers estimated the state would save more than $54 million.
The real causes of ever-escalating health insurance costs are medical inflation and the gross inefficiencies in our current national approach to health care.
Teacher strikes bring long-lasting scars and needless animosity as communities polarize into opposing camps.
Despite moving teachers to new plans with lower premiums, health care is going to be more expensive in 2019, according to the organization that insures educators.
The South Burlington School Board said it is trying to satisfy the union, while also addressing city residents’ “anxiety about the long-term sustainability of the district’s budget.”
In this week’s podcast, VTDigger’s Morgan True recaps the four-day teacher strike in Burlington that could have implications for districts across the state.
Teachers will get a 2.5 percent salary increase in year one, and 2.75 percent in year two.
Another round of mediation is scheduled for Tuesday. Meanwhile, two Republican lawmakers say boards should not be allowed to impose working conditions and teachers should not be allowed to strike.
The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead.
If we want to preserve the good we have, it is best to make adjustments now and in a reasonable fashion, like the proposal to go to statewide negotiations for teachers’ health insurance.
Vermont-NEA President Martha Allen said she feared a government shutdown, although the governor has said: “This isn’t D.C., and I will not shut down state government over this issue.”
Democrats have been using news releases, Facebook, and opinion pages in local newspapers to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.
Demonizing teachers undermines schools.
Scott needs to drop his hasty, late in the game proposal to have the state (him) negotiate with the union. Then we should do what we did with teacher retirement in 1946.