8-18-16 – Deb Bucknam on state board of education overreach

by John McClaughry 

My friend Deb Bucknam is the Republican candidate for Attorney General. Ordinarily voters don’t pay a lot of attention to this contest, but what Deb said last week ought to get some attention.

She said “The State Board of Education last fall took it upon itself to interpret the Vermont constitution to twist the meaning of Act 46 to meet its goals, which are to reduce school choice, enjoyed by thousands of Vermont school children for over 150 years, and to turn Vermont’s schools into an arm of the State Board and Agency of Education.”

“The State Board has since carried out its mission to turn Vermont’s education system into a top down state monopoly by scolding and even punishing any local school district which dares to dissent from the State Board’s extra-judicial interpretation of Act 46.”

“The State Board this summer has also begun the process of proposing regulations that will have the effect of closing independent schools that are serving Vermont school children where the public schools have failed. The Board is requiring independent schools which receive public funds to offer all 12 of the special education requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.”

“The fix is in. Montpelier is taking over Vermont’s schools, and turning them into a state run monopoly so that it can amass power for itself.   This kind of cynical overreach needs to stop.”

Thanks for that, Deb Bucknam. I hope people are listening.

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Jim Bulmer August 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

This is one more of too many examples of how corrupt the whole education monoply run by the NEA has become. Vermonters can put a stop to this and all the other garbage in Montpelier by electing Republicans in November!!!! Come on everybody, we need you to vote to take back our state.

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