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Proponents say the bill is about leveling the playing field for public schools; opponents say it shackles them with mandates that could spell their doom.
Vermont received approval ratings on 19 of the 20 required indicators for the 2010-2011 school year. The one indicator which was cited as needing additional improvement, not unlike many other state reports, is #13, dedicated to data on the success of local schools in preparation of post-secondary transition plans for students with disabilities.
Over the course of two years, Williamstown will have had to redirect $540,000 or 5.5% of its total school budget away from regular education and into special education.
Team Vilaseca, meeting 4: Unified supervisory union districts; staff-to-student ratios, block grants for special ed on the table
Restructuring the school system could save $17 million a year — $36 million short of the Challenges for Change target.