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Education discussion commences

MONTPELIER — Let the education discussion begin. A standing-room-only crowd packed the House Education Committee Room and spilled out into the hallway Wednesday morning for the first day of what will be a session-long debate on what to do about rising property taxes and education costs. “You’re welcome to contact the House Speaker’s Office and request a bigger room,” joked Chairman David Sharpe, D-Bristol, whose committee took testimony from groups representing school boards, superintendents and teachers. Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, offered testimony that laid out the challenges currently faced in education in Vermont. “You need to be pragmatic and visionary,” said Francis, who recalled the state-wide discussions surrounding the implementation of the current education funding system in 1997. Continue Reading →

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