From one end of Vermont to the other, communities are voicing deep concerns about Act 46.
Seven Problems with Act 46 is a new V4SC paper that describes specific problems with the 2015 school consolidation law, and recommends solutions for each. At a minimum, we are asking the legislature to hit the pause button on Act 46 to give communities more time to consider what will be an irrevocable decision if they choose to abolish their school districts.
Concerns about Act 46 are mounting. Earlier this month, key legislators put the Agency of Education and State Board on notice that they’re unhappy with the implementation of the law (see coverage here). And as Election Day gets closer, Vermonters have taken strong stands against the Act 46 "preferred" model and in favor of retaining community voice, such as in this candidate commentary and this school board member commentary.
Vermonters for Schools and Community is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that believes schools are at the heart of Vermont communities. You—our members and supporters—include school board members, teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens who are seeing first-hand the problems being created by Act 46.
We hope you’ll take a look at the Seven Problems document. If you agree, please take action:
• Contact your legislators and candidates for statewide and local office, and share your concerns. Ask them to support changes to Act 46. Feel free to forward them the Seven Problems with Act 46.
• Spread the word to neighbors, friends and family about the Seven Problems with Act 46. And send folks to www.vtschoolsrock.org to sign up for our free email list. (Don’t worry, we do not share names, so they won’t receive spam.)
• Visit www.vtschoolsrock.org for news updates, tip sheets, other helpful resources.
You are not alone in your concerns about the effects of education consolidation in Vermont. Let’s work together to keep our schools and communities strong.
Vermonters for Schools and Community Steering Committee