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Re: “House Leaders Accuse Gov. Scott of ‘Shirking Responsibilities’

Tens of thousands of Vermonters voted in a way that did not reflect Scott's education funding priorities. Time for the Governor to buck up and work with these Vermonter's legislature.

Has "petulance" become the new watchword for the Scott administration?

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 03/16/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Scott Keeps Rebecca Holcombe as Education Secretary

Congratulations Secretary Holcombe; excellent choice Governor Scott.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/14/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Senate Panel Votes 6-0 Against Moving School Budget Votes

The Governor's proposal is good in principle, but in practice it is an ill thought out folly. It is a folly because of Scott's attempt to surprise us all into taking an unwise immediate action, and it is unwise because Scott is relying on really bad data.

The reliance on bad data is well illustrated by Scott's constant reference to us spending $19,000 per student in Vermont. Here is a quick test for school board members: how many students in the buildings you oversee actually create $19,000 in expenses? I can guarantee you the Governor has no idea.

Scott's plan to flat line district budgets is based upon that ephemeral $19,000 per student figure, but Scott's plan doesn't tell us which students we legally can reduce services or personnel support for.

Under Scott's plan the students most at risk of harm is those who DON'T cost $19,000.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/01/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Scott Wants Local Officials to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order

Can you imagine the screams of horror that would have emanated from the Bannon/Trump political right if it had been Obama firing our US Attorney General over a disagreement of constitutionality of a law?

The Bannon/Trump administration is also doing its best to stifle dissent among our nation's diplomatic corps. Again - what if Obama had tried to shut down a formal dissenting view from those who work under the Secretary of State?

I've been saying for the last twenty years that the single greatest threat foreign or domestic to our freedoms and democracy is the national Republican Party. Now with an authoritarian loving Bannon/Trump Repub administration bolstered by a Republican Party we see my fears coming to fruition.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 01/31/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Vermont Reps Question Education Official’s Ethical Conduct

Perhaps David F. Kelly would like to make a specific allegation instead of insinuating guilt by vague BS.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 01/03/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Walters: When Is a Vacancy Not a Vacancy?

@Scott Pavek - my point is Walters fixation on "vacancy" when a simple reading of and citation of the law would point out the fact that a vacancy is only one of two triggers for the Justice nominating process. Walters (in my opinion) laziness in this regard mirrors most of the other coverage I've read or heard of this issue.

Walters gives folks information that is bad through omission. I am filling in the blanks that most people have no idea exist.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 01/03/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Vermont Reps Question Education Official’s Ethical Conduct

So how does one shut down an articulate and well researched Bill Mathis? Attack his ability to speak publicly and openly about his opinions and knowledge. Think of it ... why debate him when the easiest path is simply to try and keep Mathis from expressions of free speech? Why worry about a public and deliberative body, the Vermont State Board of Education, when one can operate in the legislative environment that allows for secretive meetings and out of the public decision making?

This doesn't seem strange at all coming from three Representatives who appear to have taken on the mission of protecting private school opaqueness and lack of public accountability.

I would suggest these legislators tend to the business of public accountability for the use of public dollars instead of attacking Bill Mathis who is pushing FOR public accountability for the use of public dollars

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 01/03/2017 at 7:08 AM

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