“Many rural communities in Vermont and around the region rely on their local emergency medical responders, but there’s a dearth of qualified individuals and training opportunities,” according to the head of Rescue Inc.’s new Vermont EMS Academy.
Reaching out to someone you barely know or a stranger, letting them know they aren't alone, won't only help that person, but those simple gestures could be just the thing that gives someone a reason to think twice about taking their anger out on a classroom of kids or a grocery store full of our friends.
Lawmakers in the House Committee on Ways and Means are deciding between two versions of the same bill — both of which would bring dramatic change to the way Vermont funds its schools.
“This is, plain and simple, a discriminatory policy,” city council members wrote in a letter sent this month to state and county officials.
Failure to create a plan to implement the University of Vermont and Rutgers University recommendations will allow Vermont’s most impoverished, rural, small and multicultural districts to continue being harmed. Isn’t two decades long enough?
The school financing measure, which has now cleared both legislative chambers unanimously, is both a punt and a promise.
Underweighted districts, their taxpayers, and the students they serve have been told for 20 years that they had to bear the burden of a pupil weighting formula that is unconstitutional, unfair, undemocratic and failed to accomplish what the Vermont Supreme Court’s 1997 Brigham v. State decision required.