John O’Keefe of Manchester and former Sen. John Carroll will replace outgoing Chair Stephan Morse and Vice Chair Sean Marie Oller, sources said.
State Board of Education
The Education Committee supported legislation creating a special group to recommend how to move forward with controversial private school rules and making various other changes to laws.
The debate over public funding of private schools includes whether they should have to educate all students, as long as there is room.
“Those communities are not crazy to think it is part of a philosophical push that has been in the air for some years,” said one lawmaker, harking back to failed legislation on public money for private education.
The supervisory union’s Act 46 study committee has decided not to push for a controversial merger vote. Instead, it will ask the State Board of Education for advice on how to move forward.
Proposed legislation would throw out the draft rules, give private schools a board seat and require members to hew to legislative intent in rulemaking.
Members agreed they need the Education Agency’s input, which they haven’t had since August. How to make that happen was a matter of some disagreement.
She will continue in the post she has held since being appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2014.
A gulf still remains on some aspects of revising controversial draft rules about the public funding of private schools.
The northern Vermont district was among more merger proposals gaining the state board’s endorsement Tuesday.
The Vermont State Board of Education has been inept in dealing with raising the quality of education at many of the state’s public schools, so it’s turning its attention to the independents.
A House committee with several new members will look to continue ironing out kinks in recent education laws and tackle some emerging issues.
Chairman Stephan Morse told three lawmakers, who alleged conflict of interest by board member William Mathis, that he doesn’t have the authority to take up the issue.
The three legislators point to William Mathis’ job with a national organization supported by teachers unions. But some others see the move as payback for the board’s new rules on private schools.