Ed financing and the accidentally-on-purpose gaps

Interesting issues in the ed finance/property tax in the last two weeks. First there is a growing need for funding for state placed students (students having to live in foster families) who are coming into the public school system with increased trauma and need - some of which is being driven by the opioid epidemic. …

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#Vermont Veterans: small business ownership and development opportunities

The U.S. Small Business Administration would like to help Veterans, Service Members and their families start or grow a business. On November 8 during National Veteran Small Business Week, the Vermont District Office of the SBA is hosting an event to learn more about owning a small business. The event will go over specific services and programs available …

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Gold Star Family monument dedicated in Northfield

I was fortunate enough to attend today's dedication of a Gold Star Family monument and to meet 95 year old Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams. Woody survived the battle on Iwo Jima. Woody spoke of his mission to draw attention to the sacrifice made by families and friends of fallen soldiers, and his …

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Testimony to SBE on Act 46 Section 9 proposals

I attended the Vermont State Board of Education hearing on September 19, 2018 at Green Mountain Union High School, Chester, VT.  This hearing was for the State Board to hear from districts prior to deciding what to do with those that didn't opted to merge voluntarily. The 95 districts that didn't merge submitted alternative plans, or Section …

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