April 23, 2017

Dems support early educators

The Vermont Democratic Party State Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of early childhood educators’ right to organize at a meeting in Randolph last Saturday, according to a press release from Vermont Early Educators United-AFT. The resolution states that the party “supports collective bargaining rights in Vermont for all workers,” and refers to the efforts of thousands of early childhood educators who are organizing to pass legislation, S.29/H.97, this year, and recognizes the importance of early childhood education for children’s future success in school and as adults. This legislation recognizes early educators’ right to negotiate with the state regarding issues such as subsidy reimbursement rates and professional development. The bill passed the House by a vote of 90 to 54 last session and is currently under consideration in the Senate, according to the release.



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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