Do not pass a school governance/consolidation bill this session.
To Members of the Vermont Legislature,
· Whereas the Vermont General Assembly is considering legislation to change Vermont’s school governance system;
· Whereas bills in both the House and the Senate would eliminate many local school districts and local school boards;
· Whereas schools are at the heart of many communities, and should be judged by their performance, not their size;
· Whereas the General Assembly’s Joint Fiscal Office has reported that the bill under consideration, H. 361, is unlikely to save taxpayers money;
· And whereas under the bill being considered in the Senate, financial incentives to school districts that consolidate will be paid for by property tax increases in all other districts:
We, the undersigned Vermont citizens -- parents, teachers, school board members, school administrators, students and community members – urge the General Assembly not to pass a school governance bill this session.
Instead, we urge the General Assembly to allot the time and resources necessary for research, in order to maintain and enhance a system of excellent education, equitable financing, and equal opportunity for Vermont’s schools.
Allot more time for research before passing school governance reform
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