Act 46, Vermont’s 2015 education governance law, requires school boards and communities around the state to explore possibilities for new governance structures. Between January and May, 2018, Vermont communities interested in retaining their supervisory union structures will be presenting their “Alternative Governance Structure” (or AGS, also known as “Section
9”) proposals to representatives from the Agency of Education. This document offers general guidance for those at that stage.
Act 46, Vermont’s 2015 education governance law, requires school board and communities around the state to explore the possibilities for new governance structures. This document offers guidance for those considering the option dubbed an “Alternative Governance Structure” under Act 46.
Writing An Alternative Governance Structure Proposal Under Section 9 of Act 46: An AOE webinar
An AOE webinar - Writing Alternative Governance Structure Proposals Under Section 9 of Act 46 took place on August 24th.
The following links include a link to the webinar video, handouts and referenced material from the webinar.
Map of Communities Considering Alternative Governance Structures
7 Problems with Act 46
It's time to pause, reflect and reform!
Vermont communities have now had more than a year to grapple with the demands of the 2015 school consolidation law, Act 46. While some communities have found the law to be in keeping with their needs, others have found Act 46 to be impossible to comply with, or contrary to their best interests. In this document, local education and community leaders from around Vermont have come together to share their concerns about Act 46 and suggest solutions.
Under Act 46, Vermont’s 2015 education governance law, school boards and communities around the state are required to explore possibilities for new governance structures. Communities should seek help from a wide variety of information sources. The following list raises questions that may be overlooked. It is intended to provide insights, but not answers—each community will need to find the solutions that are right for them. We hope these questions will advance the ongoing conversation as each community examines its unique situation.
This helpful document of questions was created by Nancy Cornell, a member of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee, and a member of the Robinson Elementary School Board in Starksboro.
As Vermonters examine their options under Act 46, the 2015 education consolidation law, many communities are choosing to survey their community. The purpose of a survey may be twofold: To raise awareness in their community about the law; and to gather questions, concerns and opinions of community members.