David Zuckerman on Education



Supports universal afterschool and pre-K education

We must expand our understanding of societal issues that inhibit learning and overextend teachers, such as poverty, substance abuse, migration and mental health challenges, and work to address them. By closely connecting the Department of Health and the Agency of Human Services with the Agency of Education, we can find ways to save money by reducing redundancy, provide a stronger continuum of care and improve outcomes for some of our most vulnerable Vermonters.

We will support universal afterschool and pre-K education. We must work to destigmatize parental childcare and uplift the women and men who provide this vital service. Childcare is a part of our children's growth and education. We need to increase access to high-quality, affordable, childcare for those who work. By supporting and expanding programs like T.E.A.C.H., we will not only improve education for Vermont's children, we will raise wages for workers in a field dominated by women.

Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website ZuckermanForVT.com , Apr 3, 2020

Free in-state tuition for trade schools & higher education

We are facing a shortage of people prepared to work in the trades. We will support these solid occupations. In addition, we will encourage demographic groups who have historically been underrepresented in the trades, including women, to take advantage of these opportunities in Vermont. Trade schools and higher education should be affordable and accessible to those who want to take that path, which is why we support free in-state tuition for Vermonters.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website ZuckermanForVT.com , Apr 3, 2020

Stricter standards for independent charter schools

On Feb. 8, 2013, Zuckerman co-introduced a bill requiring independent schools to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.

The Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized that the bill lacked input from the schools.˙The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."

Bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The VT National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91.

Source: Ballotpedia.org on Vermont legislation voting record , Feb 29, 2020

No vouchers; no Common Core

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?


Q: Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?


Q: Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?



Source: Vote Smart Vermont State 2014 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2014

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