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Re: “Montpeculiar: On Bill Markup Day, We Ate Cake

terjeanderson, the statute would have applied to principals of a non-profit i.e. those in management positions. Also 501c3's are only prohibited from making contributions to federal races. Those federal requirements to not apply to state and local races.

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Posted by Ben Kinsley on 01/26/2017 at 7:08 PM

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

This is not the first sign Mathis is anti-choice. Much of his research and testimony in front of the legislature has been predicated on the assumption that public or private school choice allows for segregation, yet many cities around the country are looking at choice models for desegregation of inner-city school systems. Wealthy families have the option to send their children to private schools, but working-class families do not unless a publicly financed option is available. Requiring independent schools to comply with public school requirements may sound appealing at first (I say this as someone who has fought for gov ethics for the past four years), but it will undermine the very thing that allows independent schools to succeed: their individuality.

As for Mr. Mathis' ethical dilemma, this group of independent legislators asks some very good questions that must be answered by Mr. Mathis, the State Board of Education, and the Governor's office who's responsibility it is to enforce the executive code of ethics. At the very least, Mathis should recuse himself from voting on school choice issues that come before the SBE including the rule 2200 series and 3500 series.

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Posted by Ben Kinsley on 01/03/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Burlington's 10-Year Capital Needs Total $211 Million

It's about time municipalities started long-term planning. Congrats to Mayor Weinberger for taking this first step.

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Posted by Ben Kinsley on 04/15/2015 at 8:09 AM

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