A House committee with several new members will look to continue ironing out kinks in recent education laws and tackle some emerging issues.
Not only does Title 16 of the Vermont statute “enable” and “require” the State Board of Education to make such rules, but it says by the plain reading of the language it was also the Legislature’s intent that they do so.
The central purpose of proposed State Board of Education Rule 2200 is to ensure equity and equal opportunity for all students, including students with learning differences.
The principles driving the proposed changes are proper accountability of the state’s funds, equality of opportunity, non-discrimination, and updating of language.
The ones who should be moved out of the educational policy cycle are the legislators and governors.
The public education system is solely interested in the tuition funds that our small, state-approved independent school receives from the local supervisory union.
Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union is one of the larger ones selected among the 10. The aim is to find ways to help all schools save money while delivering quality care.
The proposed State Board of Education rules for independent schools make many worse off without making anyone better off.
While I don’t mind being labeled as the “foremost defender” of public education, John McClaughry insists on giving me full personal credit for what is a state school board position.
For years, indeed decades, Vermont’s public school establishment has regularly found ways to put pressure on the non-sectarian independent schools that receive tuition for pupils from the 90 “tuition towns.” Why?
Private schools would have to start accepting all types of special education students if they want to receive tuition dollars from the state education fund. A group representing independent schools is questioning the legality of the plan.
Independent schools are unable to serve students with learning disabilities unless the supervisory union or the district recommends that particular school.
Head of School Michael Livingston said the move is meant to remove a barrier from prospective students who were deterred by the prospect of filling out a lengthy application without a guarantee of admission.
The pilot project was the only point of contention on the special education bill, which passed the Senate and House on Friday. The program will change the delivery of special education in supervisory unions that volunteer to participate.