• Just a bad bill
    April 30,2014
     

    Just a bad bill

    There is a saying that I believe we should try to apply to life’s issues: “Keep it simple, stupid.”

    In regard to the education bill pending in the Legislature, our legislators would do well to heed that saying. In simple terms, this bill will drive the costs of education in Vermont. That is the last thing we should be doing. This information comes from the Agency of Education’s chief financial officer. Simply put, this bill will dilute local control further by eliminating many school boards, leaving critical functions that these boards perform to be sucked up by an increasing bureaucracy at the state level. This bill simply eliminates internal control functions.

    This plan will hire more lawyers at the Agency of Education level. That is good because they will need them if this bill is passed. Why? Because in simple terms this bill will be seizing some districts’ assets and reallocating them to other districts. Big Brother does not know better when it comes to running our schools. This bill does nothing to fix the problems related to funding and financing education, it takes away local control and is in the “keep it simple” thought process, just a bad bill.

    Ed Deegan

    East Montpelier

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