Our most visible education issues seem to be tied securely to overall economics and demographics. Vermont schools have been able to build excellent programs over the years, but with fewer young families all over the state, many schools are facing tough decisions as the costs per pupil climb.
Some small schools wonder if they need to move toward integration with larger district schools, and others are certain this would not be feasible, and do not wish to cut quality out their programs to meet their financial goals.
I've never been an advocate for unbridled growth, nor have I wished to see our population shrink. To remain viable, we need to at least maintain, and likely grow at a reasonable pace. People who are here to work, raise families, and participate in our cultural life are an asset that we need to cultivate.
Programs and Curricula
Schools have high standards to uphold, but also many sets of accountability in the way of testing. The Framework of Standards is making way for the Common Core, continuing the quest for excellence and meaningful outcomes for students.