Big questions remain as school districts look to implement the arrangement worked out by Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers on teachers’ health coverage.
School board members across the state, have to put up with a continual assault by the state government that has been aided and abetted by the Vermont School Boards Association’s policy advocacy.
News Release — Vermont School Boards Association and Vermont Superintendents Association June 20, 2017 Contact: Nicole Mace (802) 363-7777 Jeffrey Francis (802) 229-5834 In January, Governor Scott proposed a set of budget initiatives intended to significantly stem the increase in K-12 spending in order to resolve General Fund budget gaps and direct new funds to […]
Members of the new alliance are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s stance on the school district consolidation law, Act 46.
House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says the Statehouse should be democratic; arm twisting isn’t her style.
Peter Sterling, a board member, called the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association “union busters” that are “pimping” the governor’s proposal.
Republicans say they will refuse to suspend the rules if House Speaker Mitzi Johnson doesn’t agree to allow debate on the school tax bill.
We have a unique opportunity to ensure equity in the health care coverage available to all school employees, while at the same time delivering millions of dollars in savings to taxpayers.
His proposal “goes hand in hand” with the budget bill, he said, although Senate leaders responded that the idea came too late.
In a last ditch effort to find Education Fund savings this year, the Scott administration and school boards proposed a statewide health insurance plan for teachers. The union rejected the proposal, as did House and Senate leadership.
Lawmakers are trying to create more options for parts of the state that have not found it easy to meet the goals of the school district merger law.
“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.
Local unions are insisting that taxpayers cover 95 percent to 100 percent of the price tag; the Scott administration says teachers should pay 20 percent of the cost of premiums.
A gulf still remains on some aspects of revising controversial draft rules about the public funding of private schools.