Vermont higher education faces the twin problem of overall underfunding for instruction and academic support and an overreliance on tuition dollars to supply that funding. This problem has grown since a decision in the 1980s to pursue a high tuition-high aid approach for state funding, coupled with subsequent overall state disinvestment. Act 148 – which created a working group to address this problem – is a recognition that these issues are at the core of the state’s challenge in sustaining a high quality system of public higher education.
At their recent convention, AFT Vermont members voted to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming November election.
AFT Vermont 2014 Endorsements for Statewide Offices:
Governor: PETER SHUMLIN
Lt. Governor: DEAN CORREN
Attorney General: BILL SORRELL
Secretary of State: JIM CONDOS
Auditor of Accounts: DOUG HOFFER
Treasurer: BETH PEARCE
AFT Vermont 2014 Endorsements for House Representatives:
Addison 1: AMY SHELDON
Addison 2: WILLEM JEWETT
We are fighting back and fighting forward. Come talk with your colleagues about the year ahead.
AFT Vermont today joined with thousands of other AFT members across the country to Reclaim the Promise of public higher education, early education, and affordable, accessible health care. The group launched its 2014 legislative agenda and celebrated the support of two key Vermont state senators.
Watch the video here.