Montpelier should work out the kinks in some of its recent education initiatives, rather than impose even more “reform” on Vermont schools - and school children.Read more
An explosion heard across several Windham County towns was the result of “tannerite,” the active substance in explosive firearms targets.Read more
Two Chester selectboard members batted legal local cannabis back and forth at a recent meeting. Must reading for anyone interested in both the positives and pitfalls of allowing legal marijuana in your town or city.Read more
Here’s something you don’t see every day – a helicopter dropping components of a new ‘quad’ chair lift into place. Installing all 19 towers took just six hours.Read more
The selectboard of the Windham County town of Londonderry is discussing the benefits of the two percent local tax on commercial cannabis, should S54 passes the Legislature next year.Read more
AG Donovan includes all Vermont towns and cities in opioid lawsuit, unless they opt out – Chester Telegraph
There’s an interesting wrinkle in Vermont Attorney General’s role in the national lawsuit against opioid manufacturers: he’s including all Vermont cities and towns as plaintiffs, unless they specifically “opt out.” As reported by the online Chester Telegraph, the Windham County town of Londonderry chose to formally “opt-in” to the lawsuit.Read more
Chester school superintendent rebukes teachers as "active resisters" of proficiency learning, says she doesn't trust some school board members - Chester Telegraph
Dissatisfaction with grades-free 'proficiency learning' has landed another Vermont school leader in hot water.
Just days after Green Mountain Supervisory Union (which includes Andover, Ludlow, Black River, Cavendish, and Chester) Superintendent Meg Powden gave a speech to all teachers rebuking "active resisters" of the new method of learning and grading, she refused to share the contents of the speech with her school board because "I don't trust some members of the school board."
Her trouble follows the recent departure of the principal of Bellows Free Academy - St. Albans following strong parental pushback against proficiency learning. Among other problems, PL makes it hard to determine students' grade-point-average, a statistic most colleges require on admission forms.Read more
An EF-1 tornado Wednesday, August 21 damaged homes and property in Windham VT, near the Connecticut River.Read more
Nice to think of snow on hot days! But why the blizzard of bureaucracy?Read more