Park problem raises concerns, bigger issues
Last Wednesday, a group of concerned parents and children parked themselves squarely in front of the Wilmington selectboard and asked them to make the town better. It wasn’t a really bold request, ...
Jun 25, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Way to go, graduates
Graduation season is upon us. Mid-May to late June sees schools big and small send their students on to the next level of education, or out into the world beyond school. From elementary to middle s...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thoughts on what a "21st Century education" entails
While we’re on the subject of schools, education, and graduation, 2015 is in many ways a watershed year, particularly in our primary and secondary schools. A landmark education reform bill passed t...
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Run, Bernie, Run
In June 1978, Bernie Sanders addressed the Wilmington High School graduation ceremony. Who in the audience that day would have guessed that the radical young politician, who was three years away fr...
Jun 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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H.361 doesn’t fill the bill
On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin will sign the new education reform bill, H.361. The bill became the most controversial bill passed by the Legislature this year, in part because it has the potential ...
Jun 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vietnam vets deserve respect this year, always
This year’s Memorial Day marks a special milestone in history. Last month saw the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Given that marker in time, now more than ever is the time to pay respect to...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”
May 14, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Twin Valley School District has a communication problem. Board members and administrators acknowledge as much, and have made improving communication a top priority. District leaders deserve credit ...
Bill has too many flaws
May 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Vermont Senate is about to pass a seriously flawed piece of legislation. And rural communities, small schools, and property tax payers across the state will pay the price for those flaws if, or...
The greatest atrocity may be forgetting about Dachau
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then the...
Senate bill will create “phantom” tax rates
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
“This ‘leap before you look’ approach led to Health Connect. We don’t need an Ed. Connect, too.” Marty Strange, Vermonters for Schools and Community The Vermont Legislature is racing headlong into ...
One size doesn't fit all
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
What came first, Act 60 or the decline of student population? It’s the latest variation of the old chicken and egg joke. But it’s no joke that the two have been intertwined for the better part of t...
Art opens windows
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s something about art that touches people at their core. From man’s earliest recorded history, art has been the way to chronicle everyday life, pay homage to the unknown and the powerful, and...