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Re: “Walters: Holcombe Tries New Version of Voucher Attack

You either support public schools or you don't. Period.

They aren't perfect, but public schools have made America what they are. They are the number one thing that will level the playing field. Public, accountable charter schools and alternative programs can achieve much of what "choice" advocates argue for.

When communities decide that private options are the only outlet they divert resources that could fix the public option--the option that benefits ALL students. Those resources don't just include money, but concerned parents who advocate for their children and demand higher standards and accountability. Those resources include pride and program for local institutions, which strengthen not only schools but everything from the police and fire department to the local library. When the option of "I don't like it" is to leave, community and democracy go with it.

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Posted by Elskan Triumph on 07/28/2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Sanders Disputes Seven Days Story During Democratic Debate

Once again Bernie shows he cannot accept he may have been mistaken, even if it was caused by the world changing since then. He's ALWAYS been _______. But the record shows he has not always been anything. Who has? Great leaders evolve. They own their misconceptions and mistakes because the bit that changed them is a) the key to their new understanding, b) that understanding will help others, c) that understanding will fuel the new fight. It is a strength.

Instead, we have denials, plots and revised history. Bernie, you have a great track record and vision but this is your weakness.

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Posted by Elskan Triumph on 06/28/2019 at 10:31 AM

Re: “End of an Era: St. Johnsbury's Video King to Close Its Doors

Twenty years ago, I tried making a go of a used bookstore outside of Chittenden county. The most frustrating part were people coming in, browsing, saying, "Great. This town needs a bookstore" and then not buying anything. One woman told me, "Oh, I buy everything at Barnes & Noble."

If people don't want my wares, fine. There are reasons to shop online and big-box, and plenty of bad local businesses with bad service and bad business models. But, if you believe in local business as an idea you have to take a moment and support them when it makes sense.

Our brains are just wired, now, to us Walgreens and Amazon when local store is not really much more difficult to get to and much the same price. Once you switch over, you'll notice variety and appreciate shopping local is not just charity or a platitude.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 06/22/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Residents Wary as Burlington Rolls Out E-Bikes and E-Scooters

If the issue is that bikes go down the hill and not up, and the bikes can be programmed, why not, a) have the motors off or slow on the flats but kick in when on the hilly parts of town, b) lower the speed to 10mph for uphill and c) turn off the minute pricing when the bike starts at the bottom of the hill but is checked in at the top as an incentive to bring bikes back up?

No to scooters. Flat out.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 02/20/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Open a Homeless Shelter in Lamoille County

I'm unsure why they are "unlikely allies"? Does the sheriffs department have a history of being antagonistic with local religious organizations? The homeless? It sounds like they are just supporting citizens who need help. Isn't that what they do?'

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 03/25/2018 at 7:58 AM

Re: “How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Only Two Students

Since the Brigham decisions, it feels that the AOE and the state proposes a solution, and that the solution creates a new problem that they then attempt to solve. There has got to be a way to do what communities have done for decades while still providing opportunities and cost savings.

Act 46 is sound when it comes to using economies of scale to solve long standing problems. Special education services, technology and administrative costs all become more efficient when centralized. But the state also keeps creating new initiatives. Each requires someone to oversee it, their staff, and each supervisory district is made to hire coordinators and consultants while sending staff for professional development. Plus, as the AOE centralizing everything it is adding staff to oversee programs that were left to local schools. There is a lot of administrative bloat at all levels in response to these initiatives.

If Vermont is serious about keeping costs down, it needs to look at how much initiatives have added to the cost. They also need to do an analysis on non-classroom teachers, staff and administration increases and the causes.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 11/24/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Policy Wonk Nicole Mace Lands in a Swirling Political Storm

Being a Democrat does not make one automatically support everything a union supports. And the NEA should not automatically support Democratic candidates. When that happens blindly, neither does what is best for their constituents. Yet, I've seen the NEA only support Democrats, even ones who support teachers and unions less than their rival.

Now that the Dems are pushing single payer, state and federal level insurance, why not let teachers pilot that? I support my union (NEA member!) but lockstep always never makes good policy.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 08/09/2017 at 7:11 PM

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