Opinion Pieces

2014
   
 
   
2013
     
   
  • Common Standards Make Sense for Our Students, Our Teachers, and Our Schools - Armando Vilaseca
    November 14, 2013
    Vermont, along with 44 other states, adopted a common set of educational standards that outline what we expect our students to know and do in grades pre-K - 12.

  • Common Core - What is it and why did Vermont adopt it? - Armando Vilaseca
    October 31, 2013
    Vermont, along with 44 other states, adopted a common set of educational standards called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which will be used to articulate what we expect our students to know and demonstrate in grades Pre-K - 12.

  • This Is High School Today - Armando Vilaseca
    February 22, 2013
    Governor Peter Shumlin wasted no time in getting down to work to improve education in Vermont. In his second inaugural address, the Governor outlined several areas of focus to ensure that Vermont continues to lead in education.
     
     
2012
     
   
  • Diversity - Armando Vilaseca
    May 25, 2012
    This spring saw a number of positive developments in the area of school district governance. The changes illustrate how the system established in Act 153 by the Legislature to encourage districts to study the possible benefits of collaborative activities is intended to work.

  • Voluntary Mergers a Move in the Right Direction - Armando Vilaseca
    May 24, 2012
    This spring saw a number of positive developments in the area of school district governance. The changes illustrate how the system established in Act 153 by the Legislature to encourage districts to study the possible benefits of collaborative activities is intended to work.

  • Don’t Let This Opportunity Pass Us By - Armando Vilaseca
    April 11, 2012
    Every session our Legislature considers hundreds of bills, all of which aim to enhance our current status. This year legislators have an incredible opportunity to fundamentally improve the lives of thousands of Vermont students, and make a concrete investment in the future of our state.
     
     
2011
     
   
  • Bennington Strike - Armando Vilaseca
    October 27, 2011
    As commissioner, I have no authority to intervene in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) strike or any other local contract negotiation. However, I believe I have a responsibility to speak up on behalf of the students.

  • ESEA Waiver - Armando Vilaseca
    October 25, 2011
    Vermont and the rest of the country have been given a wonderful opportunity to shed the flawed aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and refocus our efforts on true success for all students.

  • Reflecting on the Past Year - Armando Vilaseca
    June 24, 2011
    This article was written by Commissioner Vilaseca and reflects upon the end of another school year and reviews the various accomplishments and challenges that were encountered throughout the past year.

  • Act 153 Implementation - Armando Vilaseca
    March 11, 2011
    This article was written by Commissioner Vilaseca for the Vermont School Boards Association newsletter, outlining his thoughts on Act 153 and school district and supervisory union mergers.
 

   

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