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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Nonprofit teaches high school students how to invest real money

First Generation Investors, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Cole Mattox)

Students participating in First Generation Investors, 2020. (Photo courtesy of FGI)

“Stocks over sneakers,” says the T-shirt, neatly capturing the premise behind First Generation Investors (FGI). Three college students launched the nonprofit, which uses real money to introduce high school kids from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to investing in the stock market, in 2018.

FGI was founded by Dylan Ingerman along with his brother Alex, and their friend Cole Mattox while attending the University of Pennsylvania. From a single location in Philadelphia and three kids, FGI now has chapters in 25 schools with 30 more planned to open this fall.

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