The Tough Fifth-Grade Lobby
Auto emissions regulations are the rage in Vermont. The state recently adopted the "California standards," a policy stance that is now playing out ...
Auto emissions regulations are the rage in Vermont. The state recently adopted the "California standards," a policy stance that is now playing out in U.S. District Court. Automakers and the state differ on the effects and unintended consequences of stricter emissions limits.
Meanwhile, under the moniker "Sustainability is Our Mission," one fifth grade class in Jericho, Vermont, has become the state's most influential lobbyist for a less contentious emissions regulation -- a ban on bus idling. The students argue that school buses that idle while they wait not only harm the environment and student health, but also cost the state money. The ban they champion should pass in the state House.
But no policy pro is without a con; opponents of the bill don't want the state intervening in local matters. School boards, they say, should set school bus policy.
The state Senate has already passed a "middle ground" bill that would force the local school boards to adopt some policy on bus idling, though not necessarily a ban, by January.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Bloomberg and Harvard Team Up to Train Mayors3 hours ago
Labor Department Makes It Easier for States to Launch Retirement Plans for Private Workers3 hours ago
Back-to-School Tax Holidays Losing Popularity Among Lawmakers2 hours ago
Judge Bars UNC From Enforcing Transgender Bathroom Restrictions2 hours ago
U.S. Judge Dismisses Housing Segregation Lawsuit Against Texas2 hours ago
In Boston’s ‘Safe Space,’ Surprising Insights Into Drug Highs1 hour ago