No School Better than Home School

by Ed Naile

VT Middle/High School with 3 kids

VT Middle/High School with three kids

In Vermont we have your typical mandatory public education story flipped on its head. There are not enough kids to have a high school!

The “locals” seem befuddled as to what to do. It seems without having a big expensive school system no one can figure out how to educate three high school kids. The cost per student is currently over $21,000 each per year.

Welcome to Rochester, Vt.

The interesting thing about this small town of 1,139 is that there is a college within 25 miles in almost every direction.

Welcome to Vermont – The Education State.

You want to move into a place like Rochester, VT? There are some homes for sale.

As you would expect, the price range varies. You can get a small building lot with a view for under $150,000. Camps go for $100,000 or less.

A glorified mobile home is going to be in that range, along with some other houses coming in at up to $200,000.

Then the jump to half-million-dollar homes comes in. That would be the “locals” with the New York/Ct. accents who have the corner store packed with the NY Times, Hartford Current, WSJ on Sundays.

But educating three kids is beyond this idyllic community.

Education must be important to Rochester, Vt. Residents if you look at the demographics.

For population 25 years of age and over in Rochester:

High school or higher: 87.9%
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 33.3%
Graduate or professional degree: 11.1%
Unemployed: 4.4%
Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.8 minutes

In the 2016 Vt. General Election Rochester 76% of the Town’s voters came out. The results are not surprising:

Rochester:  Clinton – 393, Trump – 162

This explains everything.

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  • mrwonderful

    Ed, Ed, Ed . . . you’re too clever by half. You put this out here without saying anything about the very contentious and unprecedented consolidation of school districts that Vermont has been implementing – or trying to implement – over the past few years. Don’t you think that this massive undertaking might have just a little to do with the odd situation that Rochester finds itself in? Do you know which public school system Rochester has traditionally used as their school? Do you know how the school district consolidation has potentially changed this? Without an in-depth look at Vermont’s district consolidation, this “story” is only HALF a story.

    • mrwonderful

      crickets . . .

  • 175jfs

    Here’s the other half, nobody wants to work in Vermont anymore. So without Vermont’s two tier tax system (The locals pay one rate, the out-of-staters a much higher rate) the locals would starve.

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