Supreme Court upholds Act 46 school mergers - WCAX

The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected arguments that the State of Vermont lacks constitutional authority to force school mergers. What ‘local control’ means is best decided by officials in Montpelier, the court decided.

"In their ruling, the court found the State Board of Education's implementation of Act 46 did not violate Vermont's constitution. The justices ruled it's up to the state, not municipalities or the courts, to define local control. Justice Eaton dissented from the decision. The Scott administration has defended the law, saying it will eventually lower costs and improve educational opportunities for students attending smaller schools. Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French in a statement Friday said the court’s decision bookends what’s been more than a five-year at times contentious process.”

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  • Allan Morrie
    commented 2020-07-19 18:30:21 -0400
    I disagree with the court and Governor Scott on Act 46.
    Montpelier is NOT local control, the people are local control. The people are the ones to give Montpelier the directions on how we want to be governed as the Declaration of Independence states in the second (2nd) paragraph …. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the Governed (people), … The Court should read the Declaration of Independence as it was written. The Declaration of Independence was written so that every person can read and understand. So what does the Court NOT UNDERSTAND?
  • Rob Roper
    commented 2020-07-13 21:35:32 -0400
    So, “local control” is controlled not locally. Orwell would be proud.