Agency of Education releases statewide plan

Today, the Agency of Education released its proposed statewide plan as required by Section 10 of Act 46. Today the Agency of Education submitted the draft to the State Board of Education. The statewide plan is a recommendation from the Agency on what the Board should consider for each of the 43 “section 9” proposals …

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Legislative updates and upcoming candidate forums

October 3, 2016 Dear friends and neighbors, A few legislative updates and some upcoming candidate events: Act 46 I recently posted an update about Act 46 and education reform taking place in the Valley.  This post includes links to the law, guidance from the AOE, and updates from other parts of Vermont, and so I …

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Final weeks of the session coming up

Act 46 and School Choice updates: Last week I participated in a regional panel discussion on Act 46 sponsored by Marlboro Colleges Center for Creative Solutions alongside Brad James from the Agency of Education, Superintendents Ron Stahley and Dan French,  Wilmington student Peyton Eisler and Whitingham student Kassidy Walkowiak.  It is inspiring to have students …

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Act 46 and the future of education in the Deerfield Valley

October 27, 2015 for immediate release and posting: A public discussion on: Act 46 and the future of education in the Deerfield Valley For: taxpayers, residents and participants in the Pre-K /12 education delivery and governance community in the towns of: Wardsboro, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham, Halifax, Readsboro, Stamford, Searsburg, Windham Southwest Supervisory Union and open …

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Like it or not, Act 46 likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

A discussion with far reaching implications is happening at school board and community meetings across Vermont right now.   The discussion, required by this past Legislative session’s Act 46 “the Unification Act”, is about things we all hold very dear, our children, our communities, and our future.   In terms of public participation, this discussion still seems …

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2015 Session Wrap Up

At 11:15 pm on Saturday May 16th,  the gavel fell signaling the end of 2015 Legislative Session.  Since then I have resumed working full-time at my regular employment job - Director of Economic and Workforce Development for SE Vermont's Windham Region, attended the last school events of the season for my middle schooler, and celebrated …

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