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school funding http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/3284/all en End of Small School Grants would hit home http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending &ldquo;Small School Grants,&rdquo; extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.</p> <p> In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28184">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Burrows education Featured legislature reform school funding Sharpe taxes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28184 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: School funding must be changed http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-funding-must-be-changed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Max Kraus </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> As the debate over school funding heats up I would like to add my voice to those who view our school taxes too high AND unfairly allocated. I believe the two problems are interrelated.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27964">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-funding-must-be-changed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education school funding Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:18:34 +0000 Zach Despart 27964 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Top stories of 2014: #8 — School budgets go down as call for tax reform grows http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27761" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/FPMarch6.thumbnail.jpg" alt="FPMarch6.jpg" title="FPMarch6.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> As in many past years, 2014 saw many Vermonters complain about their property taxes, and that portion of the tax that pays for education in particular. But as in most years, proposals for reform of school funding were put forward but not acted upon.</p> <p> Still, residents in seven local towns indicated that they had had enough, and they rejected some proposed school spending plans on Town Meeting Day.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27762">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County 2014 education reform school funding Top 10 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:36:55 +0000 Zach Despart 27762 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Editorial: How to keep school taxes lower via local control http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412editorial-how-keep-school-taxes-lower-local-control <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> Want to know how to keep property taxes for school spending down and avoid the projected two-cent hike recently projected by state officials?</p> <p> In theory, it&rsquo;s not that hard: just keep local spending per pupil the same as last year.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27231">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412editorial-how-keep-school-taxes-lower-local-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Act 60 legislature local school boards school funding Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:28:09 +0000 Zach Despart 27231 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Vergennes Union High School, Ferrisburgh Central School budgets pass http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405vuhs-fcs-budgets-pass <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday approved revised budget proposals for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School. Both budgets had been rejected on Town Meeting Day.</p> <p> The vote for the VUHS budget was 687-584. The FCS vote was closer, 246-217.</p> <p> Voters also approved the tech fund at FCS, by a vote of 270-194, and the capital improvement fund at VUHS, by a vote of 773-498.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23285">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405vuhs-fcs-budgets-pass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes FCS Ferrisburgh school funding VUHS Wed, 14 May 2014 01:11:55 +0000 Zach Despart 23285 at http://www.addisonindependent.com