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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2017 Windham-Bennington District Town Meeting Information

2017 Windham-Bennington District Town Meeting Information Times and locations for our districts Town Meeting and Australian Ballot items are below.  Act 46 Australian ballot votes and other notable Town Meeting education articles are in green.   On Monday night March 6th, I’ll be traveling to all of the Bennington County Towns, starting with Searsburg, then Stamford, …

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State Board hearing on independent schools, updates on Act 46 and telecommunications

The State Board of Education is holding a public meeting this Monday December 12th (tomorrow!)  at 6PM at the Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the approval of independent schools. I will be attending …

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Marijuana hearing and connectivity update

Dear friends and neighbors, We are more then halfway throughway the session and have begun to send House bills to the Senate for consideration of passage this year and vice versa.  This past week the House passed the first version of both the budget and tax bills.  The bills now go to the Senate who …

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21st century workforce and contemplating a Plan B for rural connectivity

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, which I serve on has worked very hard to vote out a bill, UNANIMOUSLY, that clarifies the laws governing employers, employees, and independent contractors with regard to worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. For years, the legislature has attempted to address this issue to ensure the many protections for workers …

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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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District information and discussions on education governance reforms mandated in Act 46

The Windham Central Supervisory Union discussions on how to implement Act 46 from June 17th were taped and available for view by folks who want to track the discussions. This includes Wardsboro and Dover from our district, as well as Jamaica, Windham, Townshend, NewBrook, Leland and Gray, and Marlboro boards. I serve on this board …

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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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