A report released this month found that Burlington schools are shortchanging minority students and recommended major changes to the system. Among those recommendations: actively recruiting non-white teachers and administrators, and taking concrete steps to close the achievement gap. We’ll look at the challenges facing schools around the state when it comes to fostering and teaching diversity with Lan NguyenUllrich, an English teacher at Enosburg Falls High School and Sherwood Smith, the parent of a child in the Burlington school district and a member of the district’s task force on diversity and equality.
Also on the program, we talk to Dr. Rob Simpson, president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat, about how the hospital has integrated new psychiatric patients from the Vermont State Hospital, and his thoughts on Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan to permanently close the State Hospital in Waterbury.