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Re: “Censorship of Burlington School Newspaper May Have Violated Law

Is this how Burlington parents think their children should be taught? Censor students, ignore serious allegations of misconduct and incompetence, break the law?

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 09/13/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

Lovett is a great teacher and I'm sure an extremely competent administrator. As one of his former students, I think he's worth every penny they pay him at SJA.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/21/2018 at 11:33 AM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote

What are the nurses asking for that the hospital won't agree to? Why do none of these articles report any specifics about the negotiating positions?

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/10/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Head of the Class: Did Lawmakers Politicize Vermont’s Education Chief?

We decided a long time ago that education wouldn't be left solely to the discretion of local towns. If they want to control it completely without outside interference, let them pay for it themselves. Except some would agree, and then vast inequities would be introduced.

So instead lets politicize education spending like everything else. Making it beholden to political decisions is not always a bad thing; it means that the voters have nearly direct control, rather than leaving decisions in the hands of technocrats who were not elected. If we don't like how Scott is managing the state's education spending, we can vote into office his next opponent.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/06/2018 at 1:42 PM

Re: “What Gives? Local United Way Chapter Revamps Its Funding Process

Hopefully the lag time between the announcement of funding for next year and the actual beginning of next year (the 'notice period' before which funding runs out) is enough time for these other agencies to make adjustments in their operations, and potentially to seek alternate funding.

I hope the United Way was clear that it's process was changing and grant recipients were aware that continued funding was no longer a sure bet. If that's the case, you can't blame them for any service interruptions from recipients who failed to find alternate sources of funding.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 05/30/2018 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Some Councilors Cry Foul As Obeng Gets Residency Exemption

GeishaGirl - none of the people living outside of Burlington in this article, including Obeng, are elected officials.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 05/15/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Some Councilors Cry Foul As Obeng Gets Residency Exemption

If they broadly don't enforce the rule, they should drop it. What's the point of giving tons of exemptions? It basically means anyone who doesn't want to follow the rule doesn't need to.

I think there's a little bit of special prejudice on display in the comments here, who cares if he's from Canada or anywhere else? He doesn't need to "secure U.S. citizenship" because being able to vote isn't a job requirement for a school superintendent.

He can't send his kids to Burlington schools while living in South Burlington because that is illegal (his school taxes are paid to SB, not Burlington district schools). Just accept reality and change the rule, or enforce it against everyone.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 05/15/2018 at 5:44 PM

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