Less assistance for some of Vermont’s most vulnerable people. That’s the reality approaching at the end of the month when cuts to stimulus funding will take a chunk of funding out of the program 3SquaresVT, known formerly known as food stamps.
Dave Yacovone, Commissioner for the Department for Children and Families, spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the cuts, which are due to the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or stimulus funding, passed in 2009.
Across Vermont, schools are experimenting with ways to help students, parents, and teachers communicate online, and use the Internet for school projects. Many are turning to a free system offered by Google that includes email and interfaces with other classroom software.
But it’s taking time to integrate all this technology into cash-strapped school districts.
Just after lunch at Hartford High School, history teacher Mike Hathorn welcomed about a dozen students into a classroom equipped with plenty of laptops and a 3-D printer.
This week VPR's Public Post reports on National Drug Take Back Day and a town charter being proposed in Westford. We also get caught up on some long-running stories including Montpelier's District Heat project, Hinesburg's lawsuit against the big oil companies, and Walden's ongoing attempts to pass a school budget for the current year.
Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Middlebury, Mendon, Arlington, Weathersfield and more:
For several months, Lt. Governor Phil Scott has been voicing concerns about the technical components of the state’s new health care exchange, known as Vermont Health Connect. Scott is the highest ranking statewide Republican officeholder in Vermont.
Since it was launched three and a half weeks ago, Vermont Health Connect has encountered a number of serious technical problems and state officials are scrambling to fix these problems as soon as possible.
The calendar may say October, but in Killington it’s beginning to look a lot like winter. Manmade snow and a light dusting from Mother Nature have helped resort officials kick off this year’s ski season.
Justine Gotthardt says when she heard Killington was going to open today just for season pass holders, she and her husband jumped in their car and drove up from Pennsylvania. “Conditions are wonderful,” she said. “The snow was very soft and this is the earliest I’ve ever been out skiing in my life, so it’s a good thing, a very good thing!"
After an unusually warm October, most of Vermont’s gardeners are finally seeing killer frosts, and even some snow in some parts of the state.
But in the Upper Valley, the harvest goes on.
At the Kildeer farm stand in Norwich, shoppers are still filling their bags with fresh berries, tomatoes, even green beans. The deep freeze is coming late to the Upper Valley this year, and that’s added a few weeks to a growing season that got a soggy start.
All this week Vermont Edition has looked at the mental health care system in Vermont and some of the biggest issues policy makers are grappling with since Tropical Storm Irene flooded out the original state hospital in the series, State Of Mind.
VPR’s Jane Lindholm reported the special series and she talked with Vermont Edition co-host, Bob Kinzel, about some of the key issues.
Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott joins us to discuss the rollout of the state's health insurance exchange. We'll also ask his opinion about his fellow Republicans' maneuverings in the Federal government shutdown.