goal of the federal stimulus grant, which could amount to more than $50 million, is to find ways
to boost student achievement levels, measure teacher effectiveness and expand
technology learning opportunities in the schools.
We talk with Vermont’s Commissioner of Education, Armando Vilaseca, about his ideas on how to transform our education system to prepare students for college and jobs in the 21st century. Also, we talk with the Rutland Herald’s Bruce Edwards about housing affordability studies, and we bring you a game of ice golf.
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.
Dozens of Vermont
schools may switch to new heating systems that save energy because of the high
cost of fuel. $15 million could help pay for the
conversions under a bill sponsored by Congressman Peter Welch.
State and local police across Vermont
have launched a campaign to increase the number of people who wear seat belts; St.
Johnsbury’s school board wants to hire a private investigator to make sure
children in its schools actually live in town; more…