The board of trustees unanimously approved the price decrease earlier this week. Students at Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College will benefit from the price change.
In an email to superintendents Tuesday, Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French told schools that they could not withhold public tuition dollars to private religious schools.
According to some legal scholars, the U.S. Supreme Court decision around religious schools in Maine has unique consequences for Vermont — and could require the state to rethink how it funds K-12 education.
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.
Our public and independent school models may differ, but both produce quality outcomes. They are all part of our educational success; let’s not undermine one at the expense of the other.
Taxpayer dollars are paying for Vermont children to attend private schools outside the state — and the country. Some lawmakers want to set limits on the practice.
The UVM board of trustees approved the freeze on Friday.
Within weeks, the colleges paused the program and established a waitlist, having maxed out available funding. “Student interest has far exceeded our expectations,” state colleges Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said.
Vermont is defending itself against two separate lawsuits that argue it’s unconstitutional to exclude religious schools from the state-funded “town-tuitioning” program.