October 4, 2023
Letter to the editor: S.66 is an assault on dad and mom, faculty boards

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Letter to the editor: S.66 is an assault on dad and mom, faculty boards

Make no mistake. A few of us, right here in Vermont not less than, are in large hassle.

Senate Invoice S.66 is a tyrannical assault on all dad and mom and native faculty boards. It seeks to control impartial faculties and drive them to function underneath the identical failed governance by which Vermont’s monopoly faculties function.

S.66 additionally repeals Title 16: Training, Chapter 021: Upkeep Of Public Faculties § 822. Faculty district to keep up public excessive faculties or pay tuition.

That is governance that has served Vermonters nicely for greater than 100 years and reads as follows.

(c)(1) A college district could each preserve a highschool and furnish highschool schooling by paying tuition:

(A) to a public faculty as within the judgment of the varsity board could finest serve the pursuits of the scholars; or

(B) to an accepted impartial faculty or an impartial faculty assembly schooling high quality requirements if the varsity board judges {that a} scholar has distinctive academic wants that can’t be served inside the district or at a close-by public faculty.

(2) The judgment of the board shall be remaining in regard to the establishment the scholars could attend at public price.

By no means thoughts that Vermonters in my faculty district are paying as a lot in the present day to teach a first-grader because it prices to ship a scholar to Castleton State College for a full 12 months of undergraduate research — together with room and board. By no means thoughts that, on common, solely 40% of Vermont’s public-school college students meet grade degree requirements. And by no means thoughts parental disagreements over curricula. S.66 seeks solely to strengthen the grip of Vermont’s failed public-school monopoly.

The Legislature, funded by the particular curiosity teams making the most of the monopolized management of tax {dollars}, is nothing wanting corrupt. It exemplifies the proverbial metaphor of “two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch,” with freedom-loving Vermonters as the primary course. With the wolves in a supermajority within the Statehouse, the one recourse is to “get out of Dodge” — getting your children out of the general public faculties (if you happen to can afford to take action) or transferring to a state that also respects the U.S. Structure. 

H. Jay Eshelman


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