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Act 46 Continuing to be Discussed in Vermont Schools

A follow-up on Vermont’s controversial Act 46 passed earlier this year. To remind you, Act 46 redefined guidelines on school district governance, and has some districts in the state scrambling to consolidate.

Vermont’s State Board of Education met at Hartford High School last night for a regularly-scheduled meeting, where the board stood firm on its unanimous decision from a month ago in passing a resolution that clarified one of the Act’s provisions. Specifically, the provision does not allow districts with differing policies on school choice to maintain those policies upon a merger.

Numerous allegations have emerged since that September decision claiming the board undermined school choice, but the board said it won’t be backing down on its vote.

Among towns eyeing consolidation where Hartland, Weathersfield, Windsor and West Windsor, though it is thought that the board’s provision to no longer preserve school choice may discourage some of those towns from going through with the process.

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