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Walking The Line: The Politics Of Teacher Strikes

04/11/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Toby Talbot
Striking teachers walk the picket line in Barre in 2005. Since the 1960s, there have only been 25 teacher strikes in Vermont; two in the last six months.

Teachers in the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union are on strike this week. Last fall, teachers in Bennington walked the picket lines for nine days. And several other communities have narrowly averted walk-offs in the past year. We get an update on where things stand with the Rutland Southwest strike from Rutland Herald reporter Cristina Kumka, and we talk to Darren Allen, spokesman for the Vermont-National Education Association, and Steve Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, about what's sending so many communities to the brink of teacher strikes.

Plus, we head down to the shores of Lake Dunmore in Salisbury, where ten young men recently set off in canoes they built themselves.  They're planning to paddle 1,200 miles to James Bay in Ontario, the edge of the Arctic Ocean. The adventure - which they've dubbed "Expedition 2012" - is all about raising funds for Camp Keewaydin, on Lake Dunmore, where they met. They've raised more than $200,000 for camp scholarships.

And we open up our mailbag and read from your letters.

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teacher_strike, rutland_southwest, darren_allen, steve_dale, school_strikes education

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