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Teachers' Union Has Stake In High-Profile Issues

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The Vermont-NEA, the 12,000-member state teachers' union, has jumped into the debate over vaccinating school kids, saying the state should remove parents' opportunity to opt out of vaccinating with a philosophical exemption.

Vermont-NEA, the state teachers' union, is among the more powerful unions in the state, and it has a lot to say about education issues like school consolidation, and whether teachers should be allowed to go on strike. Now, the 12,000-member union has jumped into the debate over vaccinating school kids, saying the state should remove the philosophical exemption. On the next Vermont Edition, Martha Allen, the president of the Vermont-NEA, is our guest to discuss these and other issues.

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Also in today's program, our colleagues at The Catch-Up share their insight into a the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. They recently spoke with a UVM student journalist who's been reporting on a law known as the '40 percent rule' that sets in-state tuition at 40 percent of tuition paid by non-Vermont students.

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