Most Vermont towns don’t realize they are going to lose their local school boards.
Allison is a high school senior at Enosburg High School, Enosburg, VT. She wrote this essay for a Community College of Vermont summer course in June 2015.
Many Vermont teachers don’t realize they will be forced to work for a new employer, with the potential of being relocated to a different school. The majority of students won’t be aware of the change until years later when the school they attend or attended is being required to close due to economic decisions made by people who don’t even live in their community. Small communities developing their own school board are essential to answering the needs that are unique to their community. The problem arising in Vermont schools is that they are being forced to lose their local school board in exchange for a union school district board. Governor Shumlin passed this law in May of 2015, as an attempt to save schools money. Consolidation efforts have been ongoing for years and Vermont communities have consistently expressed their disagreement to these movements. Vermonter's reasons for opposition have been that many schools are already participating in group buying, having a local board is better fitted to addressing local issues, and it is easier for the community to control its own budget.
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