Putting Children First
Imagine a public education system that produces the most innovative thinkers in the world. Imagine a system that consistently produces the best prepared citizens and that attracts employers who value the education their employees’ children receive. We can have that education system in Vermont.
Vermont’s education system is well positioned to be the very best. However, while Vermont’s system is among the best resourced on a per pupil basis in the world, our results are less than best, both nationally and internationally. By too wide a margin we are not fulfilling our potential or our obligation to our children. When it comes to the future of our children. it’s not “ok” to allow this system to be less than what it should be. It's not "ok" to accept a good system of public education, when we know we can be, and need to be, the best.
Campaign for Vermont believes we must raise our sights high and revitalize public education to produce the best outcomes for our children. We believe we need to put children first.
Providing a spectacular primary and secondary school system has many rewards. First, our children are better prepared for whatever future they choose. Whether business, agriculture, the technical trades or the arts, it’s important to send our children forward with the curiosity and skills necessary to be secure and to prosper. Secondly, a spectacular school system will make Vermont attractive to families. Vermont has become the second oldest state in the nation, next to Maine, while the enrollment in our schools has dropped by over 18%, or almost 19,000 students since 2000. Currently, about 15.5% of Vermont’s population is over 65. Over the next three years, that percentage is expected to grow to 17.2%. The bottom line: excellent schools attract families. Finally, a spectacular education system would be a valuable Vermont “brand” asset, attracting businesses to Vermont, providing jobs of all types for our high school and higher education graduates, and allow them to remain in Vermont and build a financially viable career and raise a family of their own.
If you believe our education system can be the best and should put children first, please join Campaign for Vermont today.
Recent Education Spending Statistics
Chart (released 11/15/2016)
Education Outcomes and Spending
Report (released 9/22/2014)
Campaign for Vermont Updates Commitment to Education Reform
Press Statement (released 12/1/2014)
Education for the 21st Century
Position Paper (updated release 11/6/2014)
Presentation to VTDigger Education Finance Panel
Powerpoint (presented 12/11/2014)