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Rebecca Holcombe on Education

 

 


Public schools reveal strength of a community

Education is one of the most important investments we make. When we make sure every child grows up healthy and capable, the whole state gains the benefit of their strong hands and able minds. When we have strong schools, we end up with workers who can make us prosperous and contribute to the civic lives of our communities. If you want to determine the strength of a community, look at its public school.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website RebeccaHolcombe.com , Jan 23, 2020

Inadequate educational funding impacts generations

The Legislature needs to act to ensure our funding formula provides both taxpayer equity and a fair chance at a good education for every child. A study from the University of Vermont, presented recently to the legislature, crystallizes the problem. I encourage the legislature to act on the UVM study by:We must address the inequity in our funding model, because our children are paying the price. In the long run, we will all pay dearly if we fail to invest in the healthy development and learning of our youngest Vermonters. When some of our children can't thrive, we all lose the benefit of their strong hands and able minds. The fallout from inadequate educational funding is measured in generations, not school years.
Source: Bennington Banner on 2020 Vermont legislature voting record , Jan 21, 2020

Fallout from inadequate funding measured in generations

We must address the inequity in our funding model, because our children are paying the price. In the long run, we will all pay dearly if we fail to invest in the healthy development and learning of our youngest Vermonters. When some of our children can't thrive, we all lose the benefit of their strong hands and able minds. The fallout from inadequate educational funding is measured in generations, not school years.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website press release , Jan 17, 2020

Resigned as secretary of education over voucher proposal

Holcombe suggested that one reason she left as secretary of education was Governor Scott's determination to "eliminate local control of our schools" and replace it with "a statewide voucher plan that would pull millions out of our public schools--and give that money to private schools that mostly benefit privileged Vermonters." She added, "That's not who I am. I don't think that's fair. And, you know, I had to leave."

Holcombe appeared to be referring to a draft policy memo completed nine months after her departure by her successor, Education Secretary Dan French. It envisioned breaking down the state's school districts into one and affording public and private school choice to all students. As soon as that document became public in January, Scott distanced himself from it. "I don't think we're ready for anything like that at this point," he told Vermont Public Radio at the time. According to a Scott spokesperson, the governor has never advocated a statewide voucher system.

Source: Seven Days e-zine on 2020 Utah Gubernatorial race , Jul 16, 2019

Committed to protecting rights of students with disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services rescinded 72 "outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective" special education guidance documents. The federal list contains a column labeled "reasons for rescind" but doesn't detail where in current regulations the removed memo or document is covered, which could leave some loose ends.

Vermont's previous school chiefs have brought extensive education experience to the job. Former Secretary Holcombe, who resigned last week, was the head of Dartmouth College's teacher training program when she was hired as state education secretary in 2013. She graduated from Simmons Schools of Management and the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked as a teacher, elementary school principal and school administrator.

Source: Burlington Free Press on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race , Oct 25, 2018

Teacher in school & college before state education secretary

Vermont's previous school chiefs have brought extensive education experience to the job. Former Secretary Holcombe, who resigned last week, was the head of Dartmouth College's teacher training program when she was hired as state education secretary in 2013. She graduated from Simmons Schools of Management and the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked as a teacher, elementary school principal and school administrator.
Source: Burlington Free Press on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race , Apr 5, 2018

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