education spending

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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With the clock ticking down for local school districts to prepare budgets, the Vermont House held a rare midnight session over the weekend to pass school spending legislation.


The Vermont Senate has approved a measure to repeal penalties for high-spending school districts that were part of an education bill passed last year. The underlying bill was designed to encourage school districts to merge with their neighbors.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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The November ballot includes a proposal for New York to borrow $2 billion to spend on technology for schoolchildren, like computer tables.  A fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of iPads.

The  Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a $33.8 billion state budget that boosts spending on higher education and local aid.

The proposed budget is $ 1 billion less than what Governor Deval Patrick recommended. Committee vice-chair  Democrat Stephen Kulik of Worthington says the only new taxes are the ones approved by the full house earlier this week for transportation.


Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have begun a series of public hearings on Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion dollar budget proposal.  A hearing, run by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means was held at Greenfield Community College on Tuesday. The focus of the session was on education and local aid.