When the legislature returns in January,
education funding will be one of the many budget issues lawmakers will be
dealing with. Administration officials
and the teachers’ union are clashing over proposed restructuring and financing.
We talk to Martha Allen, the newly elected president of the
VT-NEA, about the teachers’ perspective on school funding and budget
cuts. Also, Vermont Law School delegates in Copenhagen report back on the climate change conference. And, how to make igloos.
We hear from Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca and Finance Commissioner James Reardon about their school budget cutting suggestions, and how they would change the school funding system. Also, a new report looks at how charities fundraise.
Commissioner Richard Westman says Vermont’s reliance on the statewide property tax to help fund
education isn’t sustainable, and he wants lawmakers to address the issue before
it becomes a major crisis.
Twelve years ago next week, the Vermont Supreme Court handed down the
Brigham decision, marking a major shift in the way that Vermont pays
for public schools. This week Vermont Edition looks at the state’s
education funding law, Act 60: a method of ensuring that school
opportunities are equal across the state, regardless of a town’s wealth.