February 27, 2017
To: Vermont Independent Schools & Friends
From: Mill Moore, Executive Director
Re: Call to Action – Contact Key Senators
The Senate Education Committee will complete work this week on a bill to nullify the State Board of Education’s proposed amendments to its independent school rules, and create a special committee to study the issues raised in the rule-making proposals.
This is a reasonable compromise between the Ed Board’s current proposals and another bill that would completely strip the Board of its rule-making authority.
Opponents of independent schools and school choice are trying to defeat this compromise. They are actively lobbying the members of the Senate Education Committee.
Your support is needed right away.
A brief email or a phone call will make a difference.
Please contact the Senate Education Committee members. Thank them for their concern and commitment to a balanced and responsible State Board of Education. Let them know you fully support the compromise language introduced by Senator Baruth. Email committee members, or phone the Statehouse at 802-828-2228 to leave a message:
Sen. Philip Baruth, Chair (D-Chittenden), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Becca Balint, Vice Chair (D-Windham), email@example.com
Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia), email@example.com
Sen. Christopher Bray (D-Addison), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden), email@example.com
For more information, call or email Mill Moore: 436-2112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Baruth’s proposals include:
- Nullifying the proposed amendments to the rules governing approval of independent schools initiated by the State Board of Education.
- Clarifying the State Board of Education’s authority to adopt rules for the approval of independent schools by stating legislative intent that different standards can apply to public vs. independent schools.
- Creating a study committee to consider and recommend criteria to be used by the State Board of Education for independent school approval.
- Requiring that approved independent schools be represented on the State Board of Education.
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