Future of State Board of Education on agenda for Legislature - Vermont Daily Chronicle

The Vermont House Education Committee may review a recommendation to eliminate the Vermont State Board of Education. It also will study progress on proposed special education reform - among other topics.

“Universal Pre-K.” Act 166 requires universal pre-kindergarten education. Legislation before the House would enhance standards for pre-K teachers and staff. Supporters say it would improve student outcomes. Opponents say it would cost taxpayers more money and drive some small, home-run preschools out of business.  

“Role of the State Board of Education.” Critics of forced school mergers ordered by this appointed board were pleased when a legislative advisory board this fall recommended the board be eliminated. The Vermont Department of Education says it can do everything the Board does. Likely outcome: the Legislature allows the board to survive, but keeps it on a shorter leash, especially re: mergers.

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