Legislative preview: Education committees struggle with cost, quality

first_imgby Amy Nixon vtdigger.org(link is external) The House Education Committee faces a daunting task: balancing the need for improved public education against a public outcry for tax relief. Representative Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, the chair of the committee believes the mission — to improve public education and find cost efficiencies — is achievable.Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol“There are some huge issues,” Sharpe said Monday. “We have a fair amount of material or input from Vermonters over the last year. There was a summer study group the speaker put together, there was a group who worked on education in the Mad River Valley, and an imperative came from the Vermont Business Roundtable,” for starters. “And there are a number of other groups and individuals who have put forward proposals for what we do with education in Vermont, and how we tax our citizens in our state for education.“We have a lot on our table, and we have a big challenge,” Sharpe said.Sharpe has an inside view of public schools: He taught automotive technology in Essex for more than 20 years before he ran his own automotive shop.Rising property taxesThe call for quality public education at a more affordable cost for homeowners has come in from all corners of the state.“Within the revenue constraints that we are currently in, I don’t see any new money coming into education,” Sharpe said. “My major hope is to be a consensus-builder.”Setting the stage for cooperation will be key, Sharpe said, “… because I don’t think we can get this done without cooperation, not only across party lines, but also across geographic lines. Education is approached very differently in different regions of the state,” he said.One of the concerns raised in many corners of Vermont as it looks to find efficiencies in education is the number of small schools in the state.“In Vermont, we have tiny schools,” Sharpe said. “When you look in the literature, and they’re talking about small schools (nationally) they are talking in the 400-600 student body range, and I think we have over 100 schools with fewer than 100 students, so we really have tiny schools in Vermont.“I get the discussion and how difficult it is,” he said, but “how willing communities are to pay for the costs of those small schools has got to be part of the discussion if we look at the cost drivers,” such as health care.Sharpe said he is already fielding phone calls and emails from people about his new role in the state’s educational landscape.“It’s amazing how varied those comments are,” he said. “I think there are a number of people who are concerned about their property taxes, and, ironically, they tend to be people with more money rather than less money. Nevertheless, people are concerned about property taxes.”Preparing students for 21st centurySharpe said quality, too, is at the forefront.“We do a pretty good job in our public schools,” he said, “but people want us to do an even better job preparing students for the 21st century.”What Sharpe said is being called for is for the state’s educational system “to do a better job within the financial limitations we are operating under.”Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, has been on the Senate Education Committee the past four years, and he said he hopes to serve on it again, but “no one will be sure of that until Thursday or Friday.”Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden, committed to health care legislation this session during an AFT Vermont meeting in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger“I think there is a lot of concern about property taxes and the way they spike in some communities and also seem to be going up at a greater rate than people had imagined or have an easy time dealing with, so there’s that,” Baruth said.The second issue is the dwindling population in many areas, and the fact that “costs have continued to rise … I think critics have a hard time seeing those things happening and not calling for a major realignment of our priorities,” he said.Baruth said the House Education Committee came out with a bill last session that would have created mandatory consolidation and would have affected any district that didn’t meet a uniform size, but the Senate “made it clear we were not going to support a mandatory, one-size-fits-all model.”The House bill came to the Senate Rules Committee at the very end of the session, Baruth said.“That’s going to be a big elephant in the room immediately. Can we find a way to reduce the number of districts, reduce administrative redundancies?” he said. “These solutions might actually increase quality in certain locations.”Baruth said, “I think there is a compromise that can be made in terms of isolating districts that are not serving their students well because they are too small. Can we find ways to nudge those districts into consolidation and provide greater opportunities for students because their school doesn’t offer, say, advanced algebra?”“There are some really tough conversations going on in almost every committee,” Baruth said. “I think it’s a really good moment to make some headway on some of these issues, because I think that after a train wreck between the House and Senate, everyone would like to not have another one of those.”Like Rep. Sharpe, Baruth, who is the Senate Majority Leader, said he is hearing from people. “You always hear both sides. I hear a lot of people saying, ‘I don’t want my property taxes to go up, in fact, I want them to go down dramatically.’ ”“I also hear from people saying, ‘Look, we didn’t send you to Montpelier to slash our children’s education budgets,’ ” he said.Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, has an idea to try and bring in social services to work more within the schools.“I would really like to see if we can both improve services and reduce costs by integrating the human services personnel into the schools so that the social work aspect of our education system can be removed from the teachers’ backs and the education budget,” Zuckerman said.“I’m sure it will be complicated, but I think it’s worth looking at.”last_img read more

Squeeze on grade-A space puts development back on the agenda

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Edwards adds to its fleet

first_imgEdwards Moving & Rigging utilised one of its ADDrives for the delivery of a turbine to a combined-cycle power plant in northeastern USA. Used in combination with a prime mover, it powered a gross weight of 621,689 lbs (281.9 tonnes) up an incline with a ten percent gradient to the job site.On site, the prime mover was removed and the ADDrive manoeuvred the 375,000 lb (170-tonne) turbine around the job site prior to offloading.A video of the project can be viewed here.More information about Goldhofer’s ADDrive system can be found here. www.edwardsmoving.comwww.goldhofer.delast_img

Cricket News India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Live Streaming, Preview, Prediction, Weather Forecast And Probable Playing 11

first_imgNew Delhi: After a record setting 5-0 clean sweep in the T20I series, India will look to continue their winning momentum in the ODI series against New Zealand. India are set to play three ODIs, starting Wednesday. India, however, suffered a big blow ahead of the match as limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the ODI and Test series.  Rohit had to retire hurt during 5th T20I match that India won on Sunday.Mayank Agarwal has been confirmed as Rohit’s replacement for the ODI series while Shubman Gill – who recently slammed a double ton against New Zealand day, has been called for the Test series. Agarwal was the logical choice in the white-ball format since he was the reserve opener in the side during the home ODI series against the West Indies when Shikhar Dhawan was absent due to knee injury. However, he is not expected to play in the first match with KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw expected to open for India.ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma Ruled Out Of ODI And Test Series Against New Zealand Due To Calf InjuryIndia vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Probable Playing XIIndia Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand Predicted XI:  Martin Guptill, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Hamish BennettIndia vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Pitch ReportThe third T20I was also played in Bay Oval. While the match saw some big scoring overs, it was not easy to get the ball away. It expected to a little two-pace. It may help spinners from both sides on Wednesday.India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Weather ForecastThe rains are expected to stay away from Hamilton. However, it will be partly cloudy. It might be cold in the evening as the temperature is expected to dip after the sun goes down.India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: PredictionIndia’s confidence must be riding high after the T20I series win. However, with several key players missing due to injury for India, New Zealand will be hoping to turn the tables in the 50-overs format. Still, India are very much the favourites to win and take a 1-0 lead in the series.India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Live StreamingOne can watch India vs New Zealand 1th ODI live streaming on Hotstar in India. The TV broadcast of the match will take place on Star Sports Network.India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Dream11 PredictionsKL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli, Kane Willamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Japrit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Kante, Kovacic & Gilmour injuries, transfer news and more

first_img Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on injury news, players’ futures, transfers and more Lampard news conference, Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on Kante & Kovacic injuries, players’ futures, Crystal Palace and more Elsewhere on West London Sport: Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on Kante & Kovacic injuries, players’ futures, Crystal Palace and more Lampard news conference. Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on Watford, injury latest, transfers and more Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, Werner & Havertz debuts, possible signings and more Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on injury news, players’ futures, transfers and more Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Liverpool, injury news, transfers and more by shareaholic Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Liverpool, injury news, transfers and more Lampard press conference. Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Wolves, injury news, possible moves and more Live updates as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s crucial game against Wol Live updates as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks at a news conference via video on the eve of his side’s game against Sheffield United. . Lampard press conference: Chelsea boss on Wolves, injury news, possible moves and more Lampard news conference: Chelsea boss on Watford, injury latest, transfers and more Live updates as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks to the media on the eve of his side’s game against Watford. Lampard press conference: Boss on Chelsea win, Werner & Havertz debuts, possible signings and more Brighton v Chelsea: live updates. Live10/07/2020 1:50 pmThat’s all from Frank Lampard, who has Mateo Kovacic back from injury but confirmed that Billy Gilmour faces months out after knee surgery. Thanks for joining us.Embed from Getty Images10/07/2020 1:48 pmLampard is asked about Kante’s injury problems. He says the problem is that Kante had an injury last summer and there was an effort to get him back, which led to a “domino effect” and it’s important to assess the situation during pre-season.10/07/2020 1:47 pmAsked again about Jorginho, Lampard says he “very pleased” with the way the player has responded to being out of the team.10/07/2020 1:46 pmAsked about Tammy Abraham, Lampard says he has learned a lot during his first season in the team and he hopes he keeps developing.10/07/2020 1:45 pmLampard refuses to be drawn on the issue of Jorginho when asked if he believes the midfielder will still be at Chelsea next season. He repeats that his focused is on games coming up.10/07/2020 1:44 pmKante’s not fit but Kovacic is back in the squad, Lampard says. Tomori is close to being fit but isn’t quite ready.10/07/2020 1:43 pmLampard says it was a “big challenge” to take over at Chelsea but he believed in himself. He also praises Chris Wilder for the job the Sheffield United manager has done.10/07/2020 1:42 pmLampard says he is “pretty happy” with where Chelsea are but they cannot let up.10/07/2020 1:41 pmLampard also refuses to comment on the potential signing of Kai Havertz when asked about the Germany winger.10/07/2020 1:40 pmLampard is asked about Abraham’s contract situation and is reluctant to comment. He says the striker just needs to focus on his game.10/07/2020 1:40 pmAsked if momentum is with Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish, Lampard says they are in charge of their own destiny and must focus on each game.10/07/2020 1:39 pmLampard says the injury “hits him hard” but “is part of football” and he has spoken to Gilmour and told the youngster he should be pleased with his progress. Lampard adds that Gilmour’s character is “fantastic” and that he will be bounce back.10/07/2020 1:38 pmBilly Gilmour had a knee operation this morning and will be out for three or four months, Lampard said.10/07/2020 1:37 pmLampard has arrived. Here we go.10/07/2020 1:23 pmWe’re waiting for Frank Lampard, who should arrive shortly. Live updates to follow.10/07/2020 1:10 pmInjury update expectedLampard will provide an update on the fitness of Mateo Kovacic, who has been hoping to return to the squad. He is also likely to comment on N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour, who are nursing injuries. And, as usual, the Blues boss is bound to be asked about the possibility of comings or goings when the transfer window reopens. Chelsea continue to be linked with Kai Havertz and there remains speculation over the futures of a number of the current squad. Stay tuned.10/07/2020 12:55 pmLampard news conferenceChelsea face Sheffield United on Saturday and Blues boss Frank Lampard is due to speak at a news conference – via video – from around 1.30pm today. We’ll have live updates.last_img read more