A cadre of Act 46 opponents has sent a five-page appeal to every candidate for Vermont office and to school board members across the state, calling for lawmakers to “hit the pause button” on school district consolidation under that 2015 law.
“It is time for a one-year pause on Act 46 mandates before more communities take the irrevocable step of dissolving their school districts — especially those pursuing mergers for the temporary tax breaks or because they’ve been told that the State Board of Education will force consolidation if they do not do so themselves. A one-year break will also give the understaffed Agency of Education a chance to sort through problems, prepare a public accounting of Act 46 to date, and develop success measures,” states the recently released document.
“Seven Problems with Act 46” is not signed because it was meant to be from the nonprofit Vermonters for Schools and Communities, according to Margaret MacLean, who heads the group. It organized during the legislative debate over school governance in 2015. She said about 10 people — some with experience on Act 46 study committees — came together to write the piece.
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