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Summer college courses give high schoolers a head start

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Addison Indepdendent



BURLINGTON – Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with students, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, and others on Tuesday  to encourage Vermonters to apply for summer dual enrollment courses ahead of upcoming registration deadlines.

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Education plan faces hurdles in state Senate

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — The Education finance reform bill approved by the Vermont House last Thursday would accomplish three things, according to Rep. David Sharpe: set a statewide education property tax rate, cap school spending for three years and create larger school districts.

The Bristol Democrat, who chairs the House Education Committee, described the bill at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham on Monday, where local lawmakers also shared details of what has already been a busy April in the Statehouse.

Bill H.361, as described by Sharpe on Monday, would:

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Education reform effort moves to the Vermont Senate

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — The Education finance reform bill approved by the Vermont House last Thursday would accomplish three things, according to Rep. David Sharpe: set a statewide education property tax rate, cap school spending for three years and create larger school districts.

The Bristol Democrat, who chairs the House Education Committee, described the bill at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham on Monday, where local lawmakers also shared details of what has already been a busy April in the Statehouse.

Bill H.361, as described by Sharpe on Monday, would:

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Editorial: Senate can tweak H.361, but must keep ball rolling

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the Senate takes up the House passed education bill, H.361, the goal in the legislation is to take small steps toward progress, allow for local control and not threaten schools or communities with repercussions that cause undue hardship. The legislation does this, ironically, by being purposely imprecise. But it’s that imprecision that critics have attacked.

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Legislative Review: H.361 strengthens school system

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Rep. David Sharpe D-Bristol



Do we have small schools and small school districts or tiny schools and tiny school districts?

Will expanding the size of school districts and getting rid of supervisory unions increase or decrease democracy?

Can we embrace a new sense of our local community?

Does H.361 get rid of local school boards?

These are all questions related to the legislature’s initiative to change governance in our PreK-12 school system in Vermont contained in H.361 as passed by the Vermont House last week.

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Rep. Sharpe pushes change in education through H.361

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Rep. David Sharpe doesn’t give off the aura of a salesman. His elbow-patched blazers may echo Willy Loman, but the soft-spoken, veteran legislator isn’t in the business of sweet-talking his way to a few bucks.

But however unnatural it may come to him, selling was exactly what Sharpe set out to do at town meetings in his district this week. It’s not goods the Bristol Democrat is hawking, but an education bill that would drastically change the organization of Vermont’s schools and alter how they are governed.

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County voters reject five school budgets

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.

Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.

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On Point in Education: Incentivizing our education system

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



The House Education bill, H.361, is out. This rangy bill covers a considerable number of educational issues, and carries with it many of the ideas that had been raised through House Speaker Shap Smith’s education workgroup. Specifically, it bears down on both education spending and governance, proposing a spending cap and an incentive/disincentive approach that aims to move us forward collectively and strike a balance between mandate and self-selection.

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Opinion: Local control key in education spending

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Matthew Witten



Town Meeting on Saturday in Starksboro featured a lengthy discussion with key players in the state’s, the county’s and the town’s education deciders.

Joining our debate, in addition to our local school board, were Superintendent David Adams and Rep. Dave Sharpe, chair of the Vermont House Education Committee.

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