Vermont governor once again makes education a priority

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January 14, 2013


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]

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