The bill would have allowed greater flexibility to respond to Act 46. The panel voted it down 9-2 after a brief revival.
Whether the state will choose partnership and collaboration with communities in order to achieve the goals of Act 46 — or choose to entrench in rigidity will be decided in what remains of the legislative session.
It was never talked about openly during the last legislative session, but it was decided that the solution to the problem of declining enrollment and escalating cost was to be laid at the door of our smallest, most rural communities.
I am not sure when we lost sight of the prize, an excellent equitable education system at a cost that hard-working Vermonters can afford.