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Guest editorial: Vermont is ducking the real debate over jobs

Posted on September 2, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



If, as the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce predicts, 69 percent of all jobs in New England by the year 2020 will require postsecondary education, and if only slightly more than half of Vermont’s graduating high school seniors enroll in college the following fall, then what is the fallout from the obvious gap between the jobs available and the lack of people qualified to fill them?

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Guest editorial: Minter's call for gun control seperates her from the pack

Posted on July 27, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



It’s a fool’s errand to speculate as to which of the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates is the preferred choice of Vermonters. Little polling has been done and the turnout for the Aug. 9 primary is expected to be relatively low. No one’s insight is any keener than anyone else’s; most of the campaigns are depending on solid field organizations to get their supporters to the polls.

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Guest editorial: How far are we from being Archie Bunkers? Not far.

Posted on July 25, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Whatever one person is capable of doing, any other person is capable of doing the same thing. That is the underbelly philosophy of Norman Lear, one of television’s all time great creators; the one who brought Archie Bunker to life in “All in the Family,” along with “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time,” “Maude” and “Sanford and Son,” to name a few.

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Editorial: Why are special ed needs so high? We don't know

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont, we are told, has the nation’s highest per-capita rate of students who receive special education services because of emotional needs. The reasons vary, but they include things like poverty, substance abuse and homelessness.

When you talk to educators, they will tell you they have never seen things as bad as they are now, and they are referring to classroom behavior, which is a reflection of what the students experience at home.

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Guest Editorial: UVM's 40 percent rule 'is a policy relic that does harm'

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont touts itself as a state whose commitment to education has no equal. That is a half-truth.  We do well with grades PreK-12. Nationally, no state’s commitment is our equal.  When it comes to higher education, we fail. Nationally, all states do more to support higher education than does Vermont.

As the economy becomes more dependent on a highly educated workforce, this lack of commitment poses obvious warnings. 

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Guest Editorial: Moneyed interests just made Annette Smith a Vermont hero

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the moneyed interests encounter an opposing force, they do what they have always done, which is to silence that opposing force.

In Vermont, and in this particular case, the moneyed interests are the renewable energy folks and the opposing force is Annette Smith.

They want her silenced.

In an Associated Press story it was reported she is now the target of a criminal investigation. The renewable energy folks contend she is practicing law without a license before the Public Service Board.

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Guest Editorial: Give Vermonters a voice in siting renewable energy

Posted on January 27, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



A bill that would ban industrial wind projects in Vermont was introduced this past week by Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans, and the effort drew cheers from a throng of onlookers in Montpelier.

Mr. Rodgers’ audience was part of an organized attempt to explain to lawmakers that Vermonters are frustrated with how little their voices matter when it comes to the siting of industrial-sized solar and wind projects.

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Guest Editorial: AARP stance on pipeline doesn't consider all angles

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



The Vermont Department of Public Service has struck an agreement with Vermont Gas that would allow the company to recover $134 million of the $154 million budgeted to extend its natural gas system from Colchester to Middlebury. That means the company will be forced to absorb $20 million of the project’s total cost, not the ratepayers.

There are a variety of conditions tied to the agreement, but the intent remains intact: The company intends to push forward and the department still supports the project as something that benefits Vermonters.

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Guest editorial: Educating a skilled Vt. work force starts early

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low-income students in a closed look, low-wage environment.

The issue is universal pre-K education that, beginning next year, will be required in Vermont’s schools. According to the state department of education, over a third of our schools this fall will be ready to offer services to the three- to five-year-olds targets by the legislation signed into law more than a year ago.

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Guest Editorial: State pushes for better ROI info on higher education

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Historically, the Vermont Legislature has used the number of full-time equivalent students to determine how much money to appropriate for the University of Vermont and the Vermont State College system. This enrollment-based funding model has been standard practice here and in most states.

That model is being rethought. As of the first of the year, 30 states have decided to move to a performance-based funding system that pegs at least a portion of the allocation to how well the students do, at what costs, and over what period of time.

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