Today I turned in my petition to run again to be the state representative of Wilmington, Whitingham, and Halifax, a legislative district officially known as Windham 6.
I hope to continue to focus on our education system, its financing and how our level of spending leads to opportunities and outcomes for all of our students, rich or poor, whether living in small or large school districts. In other words, what are we buying for our investment in education in Vermont, two-thirds of which is derived from property taxes? Is that expenditure providing us a path where we need to go for the best results for our children and the continued economic and collective health of our communities? And how do we value that effort, whether we be parents, voters, taxpayers, teachers, administrators, and most of all students themselves?
One step toward that goal is an accomplishment that was little noticed this past legislative session, and that was the inclusion in the appropriations bill of funding and a requirement for the agency of education to enhance its capacity to do the increasingly innovative data analysis that will help teachers, school administrators, and the state understand just that question. It is a step, an important step.
Thank you very much for all the support you have given me in the past, and as always, I welcome your comments and questions at any time. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (802) 464-2150.