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Vermont's Board of Education says signature education initiatives by Governor Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, are actually just subsidies for the well-to-do.
The board takes aim at two recent laws. One expanded access to college courses for those in high school while the other provides vouchers to parents of pre-kindergartners.
While lawmakers passed both bills with the intent of closing achievement gaps between poor students and their financially better-off peers, the state board argues the acts are having the opposite effect.
In a recently passed resolution, the board calls on the Legislature to fix what it calls "structured inequities" and calls the programs subsidies for the "middle-class and affluent."
In a letter to legislators, board member Bill Mathis writes, "This will only exacerbate our achievement gap and equity problems. It could prove to be the basis for legal action against the sta...