Hey look: real live 21st Century Republicanism! State Representatives Heidi Scheuermann and Patti Komline have launched an online petition drive (at change.org) to overhaul Vermont’s school funding system. Now, that’s moving the VTGOP into the digital age!
The petition bears the unfortunate title “Support the Amendment to Repeal and Replace Act 60/68.” I say “unfortunate” because it echoes the spectacularly unsuccessful Republican call to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. But hey, I guess you can’t pretend to be small-P progressive if you call for repealing without replacing. From the petition’s text:
Many school districts work hard to keep their budgets constrained but unfortunately these efforts are NOT reflected in our huge property tax increases. Act 60/68 has become too confusing and cumbersome. A few stalwart legislators attempted to get an amendment passed last year to abolish Act 60/68 to no avail. Now they need your help.
“A few stalwart legislators.” Nice touch. At GMD, we like to think of ourselves as “a few stalwart bloggers.”
I should take a snark break here to acknowledge that the school funding system does need some fixing. Indeed, in political terms, this issue could well be the biggest problem for Democrats in this year’s election. Yes, bigger than Vermont Health Connect — assuming the remaining bugs in VHC are fixed.
As of 7:00 a.m. on March 4 (Happy Town Meeting Day, everybody!), the petition has garnered a whole 339 signatures. So they’ve still got some work to do.
People who sign the petition are offered the option of posting a comment, and here’s where the fun begins: some of the comments are rife with mistakes in basic grammar and spelling. And yes, I know that’s a common feature of online comments sections (GMD excluded), but really, on an education petition, I hope they’d be a little bit more careful.
Then again, this could be a cleverly-concealed argument for “repeal and replace”: if these signatories are products of our public school system, maybe it really does need an overhaul.
A Festival of English Class No-No’s, with names redacted to protect the former C-minus students, after the jump.
Here we go!
Vermont is taxing the working class out of Vermont. We have one of the highest per pupil spending in the country.
As school populations decline, school budgets continue to escalate with no end in site.
Vermont is becoming none affordable to it working class residence.
being in Real Estate, I have witnessed many people who Have had enough of the high cost of taxes in the state of Vermont.
We need to return to a time when there is direct effect of what gets approved in one Town effects that Town’s budget.
This is another un afforadable plan in Vermont to redistribute wealth of hard working and achieving Vermonters.
The present system is unstainable.
people are losing their homes because of high yaxes
Act 60/68 id blatenly unfair!
The current system supports wasteful budgets and pushes the State toward the destruction of our finest educational instattutions
Clearly, the destruction of our finest educational instattutions is already well underway. Yaxes are too high. Time to change this unstainable system! Id blatenly unfair! No end is in site! Take action now, or Vermont will become none affordable!