Vote button trans.png
April's Project of the Month
It's spring time. It's primary election season!
Click here to find all the information you'll need to cast your ballot.




Vermont governor once again makes education a priority

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

January 14, 2013

Vermont

By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER, Vermont: Governor Peter Shumlin made education the focus of his State of the State address this year.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

See also

References

Ballotpedia News