Last week’s decision moves much closer to a sweeping requirement: All parents — not just tuition town parents — must be given their choice of approved public schools, nonsectarian independent schools, and sectarian independent schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Maine program that excluded some religious schools from receiving public money. That decision is expected to have consequences in Vermont.
A Bennington religious school received public tuition dollars. Last year, state officials wanted to know if it was discriminating against LGBTQ+ children.
A bill that would require anti-discrimination rules and bar using public funding for religious schooling appears unlikely to move forward this session, after a key committee declined to take it up as written.
Education is the new frontline in America’s culture wars.
This change could get us beyond our winner-take-all mentality and reframe our thinking about religious schools as just one more choice that parents (who are also taxpayers) can make for their children’s education.
The chamber preliminarily approved S.219, a bill that would place guardrails around public money in religious schools, on second reading.
Legislators can fix this by going back to Vermont values of neighborly fairness and frugality. Treat public education and public education dollars as a common benefit, not a fight for private advantage.
As lawmakers advanced a bill to tighten restrictions on how religious schools use public tuition money, a new lawsuit seeks to loosen them.
The state is in legal limbo about how to maintain church-and-state protections while allowing public dollars to flow to private institutions.
Schools like Bishop Marshall in Morrisville are now eligible for a large tranche of public funds in Vermont. Now, Vermont must decide if it wants to attach any conditions to those funds — although it faces a perilously murky legal landscape.
A new federal appeals court ruling has once again chipped away at Vermont’s long-standing prohibition against sending public tuition dollars to religious schools.
We should finally summon the courage to say no to the political forces arrayed to defend a public school monopoly for their own benefit, and say yes to expanding benefits for the children.
A spate of national and state-level court rulings have been clear: States, including Vermont, cannot discriminate against religious entities when doling out public subsidies, including taxpayer-funded school vouchers.