The Future of Education

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VPR’s Bob Kinzel hosts two 90-minute specials on the future of
education in Vermont. The two broadcasts feature panel discussions,
reports, and of course, questions from our live audience, including
listener calls. Contributing to the symposium are VPR’s Nina Keck,
Steve Zind, Susan Keese and Lynne McCrea.

Click "Listen" to hear the Tuesday February 27th Symposium online.

Click the first "Additional Audio" at the bottom of the page to hear the Thursday, March 1st Symposium online 


VPR Symposium Coverage:

Future of Education: A Cost Review

Future of Education: A Property Tax Lesson

Future of Education: Winners, Losers Under Act 60 and 68

Future of Education: Changing the Way Education is Funded

The Future of Education:
Increased Costs

Future of Education: The Cost of Special Education
Future of Education: Teacher Healthcare Benefits

Future of Education: Peacham’s Elementary School Future
Future of Education: Slowing Down Budget Increases

The School Spending Increase Cap Debate

Click the second "Additional Audio" at the bottom of the page to hear a debate of the pros and cons in Governor Jim Douglas’ proposal
in school spending – with Tax Commissioner Tom Pelham and Topsham Representative
Bud Otterman.

Related VPR Commentaries:

Here is a breakdown of the two-day symposium

Tuesday, February 27:
The Future of Education—What Will It Cost?

  • Economist Nicholas Rockler talks with Bob
    Kinzel about his detailed study of the changing demographics of Vermont
    schools. Rockler’s 2006 report, commissioned by the Vermont Business
    Roundtable and the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, provides a
    statistical benchmark for lawmakers to consider proposals designed to
    reduce costs.
  • Peacham School at a Crossroads—VPR’s Steve Zind relates one town’s debate over whether to close its elementary school.
  • Balancing the Budget for Rutland School—VPR’s Nina Keck talks with leaders of Rutland Schools about pressure on the district’s budget.
  • The Practical Impact of Cost-Cutting—A Panel Discussion with:
    • Seth Bongartz, chair, Burr and Burton Board of Trustees
    • Patty Kenyon, vice chair, Middletown Springs School Board
    • Marty Strange, director, Rural Education Trust
  • How Special Education Affects Budget—VPR’s
    Lynne McCrea examines how Addison County school district is dealing
    with the growing population of special education students.
  • Education Commissioner Richard Cate
    talks with Bob Kinzel. Cate gives his analysis and reaction to issues
    covered in the program. He’ll also describe possible ways forward for
    school districts grappling with cost-containment.

Thursday, March 1:
The Future of Education—How Will We Pay For It?

  • Dr. Lawrence Picus is a professor at
    University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and a
    national expert on how states finance education. He talks with Bob
    Kinzel about Vermont’s education financing reform movement.
  • The Legislature’s Role in Controlling Costs—A Panel Discussion with:
    • Rep. Janet Ancel, chair, House Education Committee
    • Sen. Don Collins, chair, Senate Education Committee
  • What is in My Tax Bill?—VPR’s
    Nina Keck gets a lesson from Bill Talbot, Department of Education CFO,
    on how to decipher what goes into your property tax bill.
  • How Education Should Be Funded—A Panel Discussion with:
    • Rep. Mike Obuchowksi, chair, Ways and Means Committee
    • Rep. Rick Hube
    • Sen. Mark MacDonald
  • Some Towns Win, Some Towns Lose—VPR’s Susan Keese looks at how different towns fare under the current funding model.
  • Lightning Debate: The Governor’s Cap on Spending—A concise debate of the pros and cons in Governor Jim Douglas’ proposal to cap increases in school spending.
  • Former Governor Madeleine Kunin—Gov.
    Kunin was instrumental in the changes made to the school funding
    formula as a legislator and governor. She also served as U.S. deputy
    secretary of education. Gov. Kunin wraps up this symposium assessing
    the information presented and looks at potential changes in the future
    of education.

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