Demand Equitable Education Across Vermont Zip-codes.

Demand Equitable Education Across Vermont Zip-codes.

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The Coalition for Vermont Student Equity started this petition to The Vermont Legislature and

In 2019, an educational research report by the University of Vermont and Rutgers University, commissioned by the Vermont Legislature, identified serious inequities in how resources are distributed among schools in Vermont. The Pupil Weighting Factors Report of 2019 came to the stark conclusion that children who are economically disadvantaged, children from rural areas and children who require English as a second language learning services actually cost more to educate than the State of Vermont has recognized for over 20 years. The “pupil weighting” formula used to calculate resource distribution among schools has been wrong all along and never had any empirical reasoning behind it.

This means that the communities with those most needy populations are seriously under resourced, and that those children are not receiving the tools they need to pursue an equitable education. Vermont has a constitutional obligation to provide every child with an equitable education, regardless of zip code. Now, in 2021, it is still unclear if the legislature will act to correct these decades old inequities. The 2019 report not only identified the problem, but it offered a clear solution. It’s now up to the legislature to adopt the recommendations made in the report they commissioned, and to implement the new pupil weights this year. This cannot wait another year. Please sign this petition and tell the 2021 Vermont General Assembly to adopt the recommendations made in UVM Pupil Weighting Factors Report of 2019.

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