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Re: “A Near Miss in Montpelier Suggests a Union's Clout Is Waning

A plan for teachers and support staff negotiations:

1) Negotiations begin no later then the October 1st preceding the current contracts expiration date.
2) The school district and teachers/staff have thirty days to reach a resolution.
3) The negotiating parties then have thirty days to reach a mediated resolution.
4) If no resolution is arrived at by that December 1st, then the contract along with the history of proposals is forwarded to the Vermont Agency of Education where the state may add, remove or change any items not yet agreed on. At this time the state will no later then February 1st impose this contract on all parties.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 05/25/2017 at 6:05 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Proposal for Teachers to Receive Primary Care From School Nurses Could Save State Millions

(OKay I get it) ... however when humor is no longer mocking reality but instead is reflecting it then we have one hell of a problem that mere stick-in-the-ass removal will not help.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 05/15/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Proposal for Teachers to Receive Primary Care From School Nurses Could Save State Millions

An interesting idea, but using our public pre-K through 12+ schools as primary medical care providers for teachers needs a LOT more fleshing out then some late night back of the napkin sketch.

Here's a truly excellent idea: why doesn't everybody put their ideas into a form that invites inspection and discussion; we use our ... oh, I don't know ... legislators and governor to hold public hearings and receive input from around the state; and we try to make an educated move. Beats the hell out of "Hey, I've got a great idea guys!"

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 05/15/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Budget Standoff Escalates Between Scott and Vermont Legislature

One thing has become painfully obvious: Governor Scott has done a miserable job of developing educational policies. He needs to step back, listen to people with a real sense of what is going on, and then put forward a plan in a timely manner.

Springing surprises on the people of Vermont, including the legislators, is a POLITICAL game plan, and Scott''s political game plan is an extremely poor substitute for an educational policy.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 05/12/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Final Days at Statehouse Bring New Plans, New Fights — and a Walkout

I'm a school board member, and I think the idea of the state negotiating teacher health insurance is foolish. The Governor, VSBA and board members who stand with the Scott is this do NOT have my agreement or support.regarding this issue.

I've been around contract negotiations enough to know that the two big financial items, salary and health insurance, go hand in hand. In the above scenario the salary negotiations will quickly follow the health care to the state level, and that will make it functionally impossible for districts to negotiate any working conditions not actively supported by the teachers' association.

What will happen (and is probably meant to happen) is a statewide teachers' contract. And once you have a statewide contract you will have in practice a single statewide school district run from the distant and hidden halls of state government.

I'm a school board member, and I think this idea is foolish.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 04/26/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “House Leaders Accuse Gov. Scott of ‘Shirking Responsibilities’

Tens of thousands of Vermonters voted in a way that did not reflect Scott's education funding priorities. Time for the Governor to buck up and work with these Vermonter's legislature.

Has "petulance" become the new watchword for the Scott administration?

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 03/16/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Scott Keeps Rebecca Holcombe as Education Secretary

Congratulations Secretary Holcombe; excellent choice Governor Scott.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/14/2017 at 7:19 AM

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