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Maggie Standley 
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Re: “Burlington School District Billed Nearly $3,000 for Racial Bias Investigation

Seven Days - pls explain how you "define" name calling.
In the past, I complained to you about a very uncivil and belittling personage someone was compared to and was told, it was someone expressing their opinion and it stayed.

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/10/2018 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Burlington's 5-Year-Old Early Ed Initiative Has Yet to Take First Steps

After reading this article, and Nordhaus' research paper: Burlington Beginnings: A White Paper on a Comprehensive, Coordinated, Sustainable Early Learning Initiative, I actually do think this initiative has taken it's first steps. Like with anyone learning to walk, or do something new, there are missteps.

Has it been in an inclusive, grass roots manner? Not really, lots of experts involved yes, but people on the ground involved, not so much. That is not how this administration does things and unfortunately fears genuine diversity of thought and conflicting solutions. Turbulence is really at the root of any big change and ironically it fuels creative solution generation. Is there room to revisit HOW to launch the "Pilot Phase" to address the most pressing early childcare needs? Of course. Let's not let the public funds allocated for this go to waste this fiscal year.

Invite ALL interested to the table (without having the final solution inked), those families needing scholarships, those youth advocates and center directors such as Charles Winkelman, Meg Cline and Leisa Pollander, and home care providers. Much has been allocated for studies leading toward policy changes, now let's ease the day to day financial strain. Provide scholarships to families immediately, while working out the finer points of grants to centers and home based child cares.

I'm glad that the Permanent Fund is reevaluating the criteria and reopening the grant application process for this pilot phase. It's time to focus on the bottom up work to meet in the center, the core of our community. it is time to connect the dots for a comprehensive and longitudinal system of pre-birth, infant, early childhood, school age, out of school time, through college/job attainment, adulthood, into elder years for a vibrant circle of life in our city.

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 03/31/2018 at 1:55 PM
Posted by Maggie Standley on 03/30/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Race to the Finish: Burlington Mayoral Candidates Make Final Pitches

When the hell will 7Days start requiring commentators to use their real identities to avoid the rude and demeaning comments instead of actual arguments/criticisms? Or do they want to create a mud slinging environment?
I haven't read their "hidden" identity comment section in months- since I was last peeved with unchecked bullying during the last City Council race - their reasoning was that people fear retaliation and it's freedom of expression...If 7days considers these comments "classy," i'd hate to see what they consider not classy---
I mean, the Russians could be infiltrating these feeds of news/comments and we wouldn't even know...and/or supporters of this or that candidate under guise of whatev'
Let's take it up a notch!

Posted by Maggie Standley on 03/06/2018 at 8:45 PM

Re: “South Burlington Student's Post on 'White Fragility' Goes Viral

Impt to talk about! What other names for the presentation would you suggest @SteveO? genuinely curious

Would like to see some other ideas to not "shut out" those that are "fragile."

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 06/03/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

hmmmm....interesting. I understand why anonymity is allowed, and I agree it's impt to protect one from discrimination and harassment. But, recently some of those using anonymous user names were doing the harassing, sometimes subtly and other times, not so much. 7 Days, do you feel the recent comments that raised this issue at all, met the below standards from your policy?

"Be respectful. We encourage debate, but it must be respectful, civil and calm. Address the argument, not the person. Dont resort to name-calling, bickering or personal attacks. Dont be mean-spirited."

What keeping a conversation "respectful" means is the question. Disagreement and dialog is healthy when it pertains to the issues. When it gets into the likes of "Us" magazine standards, not so much. Perhaps there is a middle ground. That if one chooses to remain anonymous, their comments must meet a greater level of civility. Some recently were so low it was disturbing, and unfortunately, revealing...

To each their own- anonymously or not! Thks for covering this. I would love to have some other stories covered, such as: Composition and process for selecting volunteer Board and Committee members in Burlington. Is an Ethics Committee needed for Burlington's local government when few checks and balances currently exist? Who makes up the DRB, Development Review Board, and what do they do?

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Hard Lesson: A UVM Econ Prof Fights to Keep His Job

Seriously?! This would be such a loss. John Summa, a teacher's "teacher" concerned with inspiring students to think and question and grow.

Student engagement is of the utmost importance for genuine learning. Academic freedom seems to be threatened here and since he encourages engagement from all students, it does not compute that Solnick states Summa makes provocative statements that are not questioned. He gives students ample time and room to question and discuss. Is it not the role of educators to introduce challenging material?

Something's not right when "the Faculty Standards Committee voted 5-0 to support his contract renewal."

Had he been given warnings? Do professors need to submit materials/text lists?

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Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 2:31 PM

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