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VT Public Radio: '[Schools] also have more and more responsibilities around mental health'

Jan 18, 2018, Vermont Public Radio: As Tax Hike Looms, Scott Asks Lawmakers To Consider Reductions In School Staff http://digital.vpr.net/post/tax-hike-looms-scott-asks-lawmakers-consider-reductions-school-staff#stream/0 A mandatory reduction in staff at public schools across Vermont is among the list of “ideas” that Gov. Phil Scott is asking lawmakers to consider as his administration looks to stave off a projected increase in next year’s statewide property tax rate. Secretary of Administration Susanne Young sent a memo to lawmakers Thursday afternoon that outlines more than a dozen possible mechanisms for curbing the rate of growth in education spending. … “Schools recognize that they need to decrease staff. They also have more and more responsibilities around mental health,” Sharpe said. “We’re increasing the level of responsibility that we’re putting on schools to deliver services to students.”