That better enables the state to set policy -- and it forces state leaders to realistically confront the challenges of implementing it, says Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, a state Department of Education assistant superintendent. The Hawaii system, in her view, allows the state to better coordinate with universities and the business community.
Smith kicked off the last legislative session by calling for the most significant education reform proposal in recent memory. He ended it with a hard-fought win for a wide-ranging bill that he says will reduce costs and improve educational opportunities for Vermont kids.
The legislation, however, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates. And Smith now says that lawmakers need to reconsider a controversial provision that would impose tax penalties on school districts that approve budget increases of more than 2 percent.
Education reform is already a major issue in the race for governor. And Act 46, as the reform bill is known, looks to be the field candidates that will wage that particular battle on.
The bill is incredibly complex, as is just about anything having to do with education in Vermont. Democrat Matt Dunne, a former Windsor County senator, had already criticized the punitive spending cap. Democratic candidate Sue Minter is also a critic of the cap.
But she says school boards need clarity now on what kind of spending cap, if any, they need to contend with. Dunne and Minter also both say that Act 46 also moves too swiftly, and that it sets deadlines for mergers that might cause harm for the districts that have to comply with them.
Lisman says top-down mandates in Act 46 will take power from local voters without giving them much in return. Scott says districts that have school choice should be able to retain it regardless of the options available in the newly merged entities.
But he says that if the choice issue is resolved, it provides a solid foundation for the future.
A pair of researchers at Rutgers University say high property tax is not because of New Jersey's desperate love of home rule. To them, it's a non-starter for a more simple reason: It won't work. The school consolidation forum between State Rep. Mike Pitts and Laurens County Republican Party chair Keith Tripp on July 17 at Laurens District High School was informative and thought-provoking. A third debate on the issue of School District Consolidation has been scheduled. Keith Tripp, who is Chair of the Laurens County Republican Party, announced this week that the third debate is being held in School District
Dunne has also raised concerns a provision in Act 46 that calls for new school governance units to contain at least students. Dunne says for some communities, might be too big. For other, he says it might not be big enough.
Smith says the elimination of the spending cap might undo whatever immediate cost-containment measures the legislation was designed to deliver. But he says the law will yield savings, and opportunities, over time.School consolidation either fixes budget shortfalls and creates great schools or destroys a sense of community and adversely impacts local economies.
An examination of the pros and cons reveals that. The third and final debate on Laurens County school consolidation between state Rep.
Mike Pitts and Keith Tripp will be held in the conference room of the Clinton Family YMCA on Monday, Sept. 24, from 7 through p.m. VALDOSTA — School consolidation was the hot topic at the Valdosta Board of Education’s regular work session Monday.
Concerned citizens filled the Valdosta Board of Education meeting room. The School District Consolidation Debate Revisited,” examines a report from the state auditor’s office and finds that school district consolidation is “unlikely to produce the hoped-for fiscal savings.” The Goldwater report finds that consolidation increases administrative costs and class size and reduces student achievement.
NJ Spotlight went with school consolidation and regionalization, an issue that has long-dogged a state of more than school districts, leading to arguments of gross inefficiencies and inequities. In today’s debate about school-district consolidation, the benefit mentioned most often is the reduction in expenditure that might occur as a result of consolidation.
I have presented my view that these benefits are likely to be small in most cases. However, I should.