[…]Cillo’s presentation put a different spin on the declining enrollment versus rising school spending conundrum with which the committee has been wrestling.
“Vermont’s economy is recovering, in fact we have the second-fastest growing economy in New England since 2009,” Cillo said Friday. The bad news, he said, is that “real household median income dropped 6 percent,” in that same time period. Poverty is up, homelessness is up, he said.
“So how could both of these be true?” he asked of the trend of economic growth and “increasing hardship for tens of thousands of Vermonters.”[…]
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