The Vermont Legislature has a tiger by the tail. Its education governance reform bill (H.361) is going to push our public school system into confusion, anxiety and anger.
School “governance reform,” a euphemism for school consolidation, was the product of a coincidence of interest between liberal education reformers and conservative budget hawks. The reformers wanted a more centralized educational system with fewer local school boards that think they know as much as the bureaucracy about how to run a good school. The budget hawks wanted a cheaper education system, whether it runs good schools or not.
Both got what they wanted and did double damage to Vermont’s education system in the process. On the one hand, it will be more bureaucratic and less democratic, and on the other, inadequately funded.[…]
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