Act 46

Act 46 Alternative Governance Structures Open Forum Draws 70

News Release May 17, 2017 Contact: Rick Gordon Director Compass School 802.463.2525 On Saturday May 13, school officials and citizens from across Vermont met for three hours to discuss alternatives to school district mergers under Act 46, Vermont’s school governance consolidation law. Over 70 people attended, representing 20 towns and districts. Westminster town moderator […]

Gary Murdock: How about a single payer education system?

No more crippling property tax, no more duplication of services, and complete equality across the entire system.

Lawmakers grant Vernon new Act 46 option

Language in a bill approved last week by the Legislature allows Vernon to extricate itself from a regional educational union. That may break a logjam in merger talks.

Peter Langella: Scott is driving the wrong conversation

Gov. Scott may be skilled on the race track at Thunder Road but he is proving less adept behind the wheel of the state’s conversation on teacher contracts, health care and tax policy.

Merger incentives survive negotiations over education bill

A conference committee worked out a deal reflecting both legislative chambers’ priority issues. For the Senate the sticking point had to do with draft rules on private schools.

Royalton residents successfully petition for merger revote

Last month’s no vote not only affected Royalton and its merger partners, but also prevented other towns from realizing their merger plans.

Forum on Alternative Governance Under Act 46 is May 13 in Westminster

News Release — Westminster School Board May 2, 2017 Contact: David Major Westminster School Board [email protected] Alternatives to Consolidation The Westminster School Board will be holding a forum on Alternative Governance under Act 46 on Saturday May 13, 9-12 am at the Westminster Center School, just off Rt. 5 in Westminster. The board is inviting […]

State board approves merger plan that comes with conditions

In Caledonia County, several districts would combine only if another merger or a change in statute comes about that would result in tax breaks. The board also OK’d proposals in southern Vermont.

After defeat, Royalton residents seek new merger vote

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.

David Kelley: A last-minute plea to the General Assembly

Instead of hollowing out our rural communities we should be talking about reinventing our schools and our communities with new technologies and innovation.

Joe Benning: The ever-changing education scene

Act 46 is not the end of the discussion. It is merely a momentary solution in a centuries-old debate that will continue long after we become ghosts ourselves.

State erasing alleged bias on district merger exemptions

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.

House committee puts own spin on Act 46 flexibility

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.

White River Valley school district merger fails

Anti-merger advocates in South Royalton suggested that residents would lose their school if they voted for the district consolidation plan.