Letter Box

There are 5 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Oct 13, 2010, titled Letter Box. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Like many folks living in Londonderry and the surrounding tourist towns I am frustrated with escalating property taxes, and with Representative Oliver Olsen who continues to rally against Act 68 without offering meaningful solutions.

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stanleystanley

Dover, NH

#1 Oct 13, 2010
Act 68 is a disaster which has taken away the incentive for people to examine and criticize school budgets. Since Act 60 the forerunner to Act 68 the education spending in Vermont has risen at a rate which is 8 times inflation.

The advent of Act 60 opened the coffers to money flowing from the state and the local school boards stopped being repsonsible when it came to spending. It is time to grow up Vermont and stop acting like money grows on trees.

Vermont is the highest taxes State in the country. Act 68 is very much a part of that. New Hampshire is the 12th lowest. Vermont has per capita income below the national average. NH has the highest. NH test scores for high school students is higher yet they spend less per student. NH sends a higher percentage of students to college. NH has people moving in to the state and Vermont has people leaving.

Act 68 is a very big problem and needs to be changed. We have to get off the tax and spend merry go round for every problem that comes up.
Thelma

Newfane, VT

#2 Oct 13, 2010
And we have the 5th lowest unemployment in the nation, and among the highest test scores for school children.

Gee we're really screwed up, huh? Time to take money away from education! Nothing helps people get jobs like underfunding their education, right?
Thelma

Newfane, VT

#3 Oct 13, 2010
PS "incentive" is what people talk about when they're short on real-world data.
Truthtalker

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Oct 13, 2010
Thelma wrote:
And we have the 5th lowest unemployment in the nation, and among the highest test scores for school children.
Gee we're really screwed up, huh? Time to take money away from education! Nothing helps people get jobs like underfunding their education, right?
Are you satisfied with education system results in Vermont? I'm not.

NH test scores are higher. NH has a higher percentage going to college. NH has a higher percentage of native college graduates staying in the state. And they pay less for education. Much less. And did you know that roughly a third of Vermont freshman boys never graduate? Thought so. It is a number that is hidden from us.

It is time for the people who are responsible for educating our children to stop blaming the parents and the children. You know that is what they all say. "It isn't us it is the bad children and parents of the children".

The time has come for us to stop thinking that money alone is what we need to improve education. This is a nationwide movement. Find solutions for the problems in education without resorting to the old saw...we need more money.

I am in favor of paying teachers a lot more...like double or even 3 times what we pay now... but in return we would have to have the best and the brightest become teachers. And they would be responsible for the results they achieve. Not the kids. Not the parents.

Truthtalker

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Oct 13, 2010
Thelma wrote:
And we have the 5th lowest unemployment in the nation, and among the highest test scores for school children.
Gee we're really screwed up, huh? Time to take money away from education! Nothing helps people get jobs like underfunding their education, right?
Oh so you like those low level service jobs that keep our workers employed? I don't. We are below average in per capita income because the quality of the work here is low level service jobs.

Tourism is great but the jobs it creates don't pay much.

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