Summer Study Committee on Public Schools “Going Independent” Meets Aug. 21

Section 16 of Act 56 of 2013 (H.521) requires this that a study committee look at the opportunities and challenges created by closing a public school with the intention of reopening it as an approved independent school that serves essentially the same population of students and receives publicly funded tuition dollars.

This study committee was a compromise position adopted after a strong push by many legislators to place a ban on public schools “going independent.” The chairman of this committee, Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca, said at a State Board of Education Meeting that, “I am philosophically against [public schools going independent]. … It goes counter to everything I believe in. … I hope that our Legislature… will take a look at what occurred in your community and to not allow a public school to close and an independent school … open in its place.”

The committee will hold its second meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Vermont Agency of Education’s conference room, 5th Floor, 120 State Street, Montpelier.

Committee Members:

1) Armando Vilaseca, Secretary, Agency of Education

[email protected]

2) Susan Kimmerly, co-chair of the Council on Independent Schools

[email protected]

3) Mill Moore, Executive Director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association

[email protected]

4) Seth Bongartz, Board Chair, Burr & Burton Academy

[email protected]

5) Fran Bisselle, Headmaster, Maple Street School

[email protected]

6) Dale Urie, Teacher and Department Chair, St. Johnsbury Academy

[email protected]

7) Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

[email protected]

8) Steve Dale, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

[email protected]

9) Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals’ Association

[email protected]

10) Joel Cook, Executive Director, VT-National Education Association

11) Erin Maguire, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education

[email protected]

12) Stephen Morse, Chairman, Vermont State Board of Education

[email protected]

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

About Us

The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.

Latest News

VT Left Wing Media Bias Unmasks Itself

July 24, 2020 By Rob Roper Dave Gram was a long time reporter for the Associated Press, is currently the host of what’s billed on WDEV as a...

Using Guns for Self Defense – 3 Recent Examples

July 24, 2020 By John McClaughry  The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal last week published eleven news stories about citizens using a firearm to stop a crime. Here are...

FERC ruling on solar subsidies could help Vermont ratepayers

July 21, 2020 By John McClaughry Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finalized its updates to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), in what the majority...

The Moderate Left’s Stand for Free Speech

July 17, 2020 By David Flemming Harper’s Magazine, a long-running monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts, is hardly what you would call a ‘politically...

Trump’s Regulatory Bill of Rights

July 16, 2020 by John McClaughry “President Trump [last May] issued an executive order entitled  ‘Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery.’ The executive order includes a regulatory bill...