Review was delayed by a back-and-forth between the State Board of Education and the Vermont Agency of Education, but should start soon.
The board says it does not have the ‘legal authority’ to conduct a review. An Agency of Education spokesperson says it is considering its next steps.
Kurn Hattin officials have acknowledged that abuse took place at the school many decades ago, and in July even announced they would launch their own investigation into the matter. But survivors and their attorneys argue the school has not truly accepted responsibility for its failings, and is ignoring much more recent incidents of abuse.
Both Halifax and Readsboro voted to dissolve the district under a statute that predates the consolidation law, leaving the state no option but to agree.
Over the last few decades, the Legislature has created councils and nonprofits that carry out the state’s business and are independently governed and operated.
Friday’s decisions likely represent the end of the road for those fighting school consolidation in the courts.
State Board chair John Carroll and Secretary Dan French appeared before lawmakers this week.
Teachers, students, parents and others testified on the controversial system at a daylong hearing in Rutland.
Attorneys for both the state and the school districts mostly reiterated arguments made in the lower court during the hour-long hearing in which justices frequently interrupted with questions.
Once a town enters a unified union school district, it will prove to be almost impossible to ever get out.
Barnard school officials have come to an agreement with Windsor Central to join its school district. Barnard residents will vote on the measure on Dec. 10.
Lawmakers on the Sunset Advisory Commission want to set a deadline to reform the State Board of Education or see it eliminated.
Former chair Krista Huling had urged the board to discuss the issue of board members’ involvement in politics when she resigned to work on the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Holcombe.
After a legislative change took away a key authority of the panel that oversees Vermont’s education system, members are seeking to identify the State Board of Education’s mission.