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The state board entered “a game of chicken with the Legislature.”
One of the residents said she was convinced a revote was needed when community members began telling her they voted against the plan without understanding all the facts.
The Senate Finance Committee voted out a bill with higher property tax rates than the version the House passed.
Some had argued the standards for districts that couldn’t or didn’t want to merge were more stringent than the rules for those that were uniting under the law.
In a last ditch effort to find Education Fund savings this year, the Scott administration and school boards proposed a statewide health insurance plan for teachers. The union rejected the proposal, as did House and Senate leadership.
The panel accommodated requests from more than 30 House members to add more language from H.15, a bill once described as offering so much flexibility as to gut the intent of Act 46.
Larry Jensen has been chosen as its sixth president. He has been serving in an interim capacity since last year.
“I’m optimistic that the parties can reach an agreement,” said a mediator who presided over a negotiating session last week.
The plan is the state’s response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind.
Anti-merger advocates in South Royalton suggested that residents would lose their school if they voted for the district consolidation plan.
The property tax implications of transferring money out of the education fund generated some criticism. The bill also aims to iron out issues with implementing universal preschool.
Harassment charges stemmed from an ongoing debate about the Rebel nickname. Opponents of the name say it is racist because of its link with the Confederacy. The school board voted two months ago to change the name.
Dan Emmons’ attorney: “He is the wrong ideological persuasion for the South Burlington School District. You can’t throw someone out of the local school district because you don’t like them.”
The school board found $810,814 worth of savings while re-tooling the spending plan.