Preservation of school choice and restoration of local control over education.
- Repeal mandate in Act 46 that all school districts in Vermont must propose a plan to reach an enrollment of 900 students to the State Board of Education by 2019.
- Create an alternative or preferred structure under the Act 46 framework that models a side-by-side merger between operating and non-operating school districts within a Supervisory Union.
- Mandate that if the legislature has not approved a yield amount by January 31st of each calendar year than the Commissioner of Taxes’ recommended yield amount becomes law. This allows local towns to know what their education tax rates will be before town meeting and allows for the inclusion of local education tax rates in town meeting ballot language.
- Review the rule-making authority of the State Board of Education. Recent actions taken by the board indicate a break with legislative intent of current law and a direct assault on school choice and local control of education.
- Look into other ways of incentivizing school districts to work together that do not include consolidation or uniformity of deliverance systems. One specific recommendation to look at is a concept of multi-campus high schools within a Supervisory Union that can specialize to act as magnet schools.
- Re-evaluate the current education funding system as it is subsidizing larger towns that impact the statewide education tax rate. This system may not be meeting the equity requirements of the Vermont Constitution and the Brigham Decision.