Vermont governor once again makes education a priority
By Justin Haas
Shumlin said that he wants more of an emphasis on math and science in schools. He also calls for making both algebra and geometry mandatory for receiving a high school degree. A figure from 2011 shows that only 47% of Vermont high schools require algebra and only 31% require geometry. In addition, standardized tests show that only 36% of 11th-graders are proficient in math.
Among priorities mentioned was the need to address the achievement gap found with students of low-income families, and the need to make college affordable for everyone who wishes to attend.
Shumlin also talked of the relevance of education to job opportunities, mentioning employers with good jobs being forced to go out of state due to a lack of suitable candidates in Vermont.