Later this week, school boards across Vermont will get a letter from Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville asking them to keep their 2009-10 budgets to the same per-pupil spending amount as this year's budgets.
If you need more time to do that, the letter will say, then delay your school vote.
Sound drastic? Well, these are drastic times, the governor argues. The state budget is going through drastic cuts because there is a lot less money coming in to state coffers, and so school budgets have to live under the same conditions, he says.
Will school boards take the request and do as the governor asks? Or resent the intrusion?
- Terri Hallenbeck