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.
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.
H.41 would stop the Legislature from appointing nine members of the board of trustees at the University of Vermont.
“Can you tell me why we can’t come up with a formula that you don’t have to have a Harvard degree to understand?” asked Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton.
“If schools make the cuts the governor has asked for, Vermont homeowners won’t see lower taxes,” according to Paul Cillo, an architect of the education fund.
The recent commentary in VTDigger regarding Act 46 and its supposed restriction on tuitioning towns is a shameful and disingenuous representation of the law enacted in 2015.
University officials say changing a 60-year-old law limiting tuition for Vermonters to a portion of out-of-state tuition would help bring in more students and more revenue.
Participation has almost doubled in the first two years of the dual enrollment program, which pays for high school students to attend college classes. But certain groups are taking advantage at a far lower rate than others.
With the state prohibiting any given school district from both operating classrooms and paying for students in the same grades to attend another school, the consolidation options for some communities aren’t palatable.