Read the full article in VT Digger For some of us, compliance with Act 46 is proving difficult. In our community, a ballot proposal has been devised by the Windsor Central Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee that involves immediate school restructuring that would diminish two schools — including Barnard’s — in order to finance increased programming at other schools. This is based on an undemonstrated belief — built into the goals of both the law and the local committee — that certain curricular developments will necessarily lead to academic performance improvements.
We issue a plea to state legislators to consider structural issues with the law, to amend it to not force every town to comply with merging, especially if they meet certain standards. Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, is quoted in a VTDigger article as saying that “districts that see benefits to merging should do so, but the rest should not have to do so AT ALL if they are sustainable and have good performance. They should not have to BEG for permission to continue operating successfully as they are from an unelected State Board of Education.” There are promising signs that the standards for schools to operate in alternative structures may indeed become less onerous given the legislation proposed by Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, and Sens. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, and Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington.
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