Vt. task force takes public comment on school finance reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – A legislative task force looking at school finance reform options took comments from the public during a hearing Wednesday.

Right now, the state distributes money based on criteria including the number of students and their characteristics in a per-pupil system. The task force is looking at two options. The first is to modify the current per-pupil system and the other is categorical aid.

The per-pupil system considers economic disadvantage, English-language learners, and disabilities among students. Categorical aid would mean funds are given to schools on an as-needed basis for specific purposes.

The per-pupil system of weighting

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Department of Labor Announces Unemployment Insurance System Reform

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The pandemic sparked many changes in the world, from the growth of Zoom meetings to pointing out shortcomings in many of our existing systems. Positive change can come from challenges, and the U.S. Department of Labor is one of the most recent examples. The federal agency has created a new office to modernize and reform the unemployment system, providing strategic leadership to work with state agencies and federal partners, according to a press release issued this week.

See: Labor Department Commits $240M to Fight Unemployment Fraud
Find: States That Ended Unemployment Benefits Early Saw a $2

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