Nice piece in the Rutland Harold - Small
schools, big rewards
I thought a lot about BMU as I was reading it ...The
article looks at costs and benefits of small schools. "The average cost
per pupil in these [33 K-12 school districts in the state] …, according to 2014 reports from the
Vermont Agency of Education, was $12,511. Of the seven K-12 districts with more
than 1,100 students, three (including the largest two) spent above that amount.
Of the 26 K-12 districts with fewer than 1,100 students, 13 have below average
per-pupil costs. Size and cost are not closely related in Vermont."
Here is one man's opinion on a way to control the cost of
continues to be move through the House. Spending caps will have an impact on
struck me about this article was the opening statement, "
spends an average of more than $20,000 a year educating each of its elementary,
middle and high school students." That is certainly more than BMU spends.
on to talk about other reforms under consideration regarding the right of
teachers' to strike. (Full disclosure here, I come from a union family and
support workers' right to strike).
it for the little guys. I am glad to see that something like this is happening
regarding small rural school districts.
"Although the group wasn’t formed to
oppose legislation, Sibilia points out that the knowledge shared may encourage
legislators from districts with small schools to lobby for changes in proposed
legislation to alleviate challenges small schools face. “The folks I’m talking
to have a number of shared concerns,” she said. “This gives us a vehicle to
make sure we’re sharing where we think reform is most needed, and an
opportunity to coordinate those voices. Voters want to see property tax reform,
and not everyone understands that consolidation is not going to bring us that
property tax reform.”
this just makes me sad. But perhaps it is those teachers with passion and
determination, those that push back and put the kids ahead of the tests, that are just what
"The new common core curriculum and the
tests that accompany it are tending to treat teachers as mere
technicians," she said. "They open the box and they read the script,
and that's not what good teaching is about. It's an intellectual enterprise,
and that's been stripped from it by the current climate."
Thanks for reading another long post :)