Editor’s note: This commentary is by Lyonel B. Tracy, Ed.D., who is former education commissioner in New Hampshire and the former superintendent of schools for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union. He lives in East Haven.
Has the Vermont Legislature tampered with the upcoming school budget votes and possibly violated its own code of conduct expressly documented in Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated? The statute in question reads as follows:
§ 2666. Improper influence
Neither the warning, the notice, the official voter information cards, nor the ballot itself shall include any opinion or comment by any town body or officer or other person on any matter to be voted on.
In the upcoming votes for school budgets in Vermont, a new wrinkle has been inserted in every Australian ballot budget article presented to local voters. Additionalwording extended beyond simply asking for voters to declare their intentions as to whether or not they approve the school b...