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Brooke Paige 
Member since Mar 12, 2014

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Re: “Walters: Scott Administration Explores Radical School System Reorg

Phil Hoff / Phil Scott it now appears there isn't a dime's worth of difference between them. Phil Hoff's 1964 "Big Idea" to transform Vermont's local schoolhouses into one statewide school system comprised of 14 regional school districts has morphed into a four district statewide school system controlled from Montpelier. Remember in 1964, the voters went to the polls and enacted a constitutional amendment to secure "local control" for the state's future in response to Hoff's attack on local governance.

Phil Hoff must be laughing from the grave as his idea that was roundly defeated in 1964 by conservative Republicans is no the faux Republican governor's big thing. No local control, no parental input beyond the "window dressing" of Parent School Committees, "which would be purely advisory in nature" and the Regional Boards would not have a (real) say in the administration of the education in their schools.

The fifty year educational experiment of "bigger is better" has resulted in exploding education costs and plummeting student proficiency - the thing Vermont's Legislators and State Administrators have proven is that "bigger is NOT better" it just creates a bigger mess.

This latest step toward the abyss should bring every true Vermonter to their feet demanding a return to real old-time local control and they may well be lead by the children being cheated out of their futures because of a crappy education.

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/11/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Backstory: Most Managed Story

I think it is an open question whether Phil Scott manages Jason Gibbs OOOOR if Jason Gibbs manages Phil Scott - More investigation may be in order Paul.

Posted by Brooke Paige on 01/06/2019 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

While I suspect that I will spend more than the $500 minimum before filing is required - before the next deadline (September 15) however my campaign is about issues not popularity !

I'm not big on asking folks for money, the election is basically an extended job interview and my job is to convince the voters that Jim Condos isn't doing the job that he's being paid to do AND that I will not only get the job done, I will significantly improve both the Election Division and Archives as well as continuing the IT integration that the SOS office has implemented in recent years ! H. Brooke Paige

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 09/02/2018 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Declines Democratic Senatorial Nomination

The Democrat Party should embrace their proud Democrat candidate who came in second in the primary, Folasade Adeluola, who desperately wants the "D" after her name in the General Election ! Since Bernie has tossed the Democrat nomination like it was a piece of trash, should someone who wants the designation be allowed to have it ? Democrats should look into this wonderful lady who fought for Mr. Clinton and is in this race because Bernie ruined Clinton's chance to be the first woman president ! Nothing more dangerous than a woman's scorn ! Look Out Bernie !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/27/2018 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders' GOP Opponent Drops Out of Senate Race — and Four Others

Amazingly accurate report by Paul Heintz, however the headline should be "Bernie Sanders' GOP Opponent Drops Out of Senate Race and FOUR Others !" (Just a little math error, Paul !)

See you at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier on Wednesday evening !

I just heard from "Rocky" who is flying into Vermont for the Republican Nomination by Committee meeting - Ringling Bros. never had a bigger or better 3-ring show than this one !

This just just may be Vermont's "Greatest Show on Earth" - at least for one day !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/26/2018 at 11:32 PM

Re: “St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Celebrates the Return of Its Bierstadt

Terrific News ! Bierstadt's "Domes" is absolutely epic ! Standing in the middle of the galley takes you back to a time of new discoveries in this country ! A experience well worth the trip to St. Johnsbury, in fact the Athenaeium itself is a historic treasure worth exploring - come early and plan to spend time on your adventure !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 08/03/2018 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Guns and Taxes: Scott, Stern Face Off in First Gubernatorial Debate

Keith Stern failed to take the fight to the incumbent Phil Scott ! Light taps to the abdomen won't get the job done, to have any shot at "besting" Phil - Keith needed a knockout blow, but didn't deliver this time !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 07/25/2018 at 10:08 PM

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