SB-193 will provide tuition vouchers to New Hampshire students for use at any school (private, parochial, home, etc.) of their choosing. It’s the most expansive school choice bill we’ve seen anywhere in the country and we fully support its passage. As you might imagine, public school special interest groups are less thrilled.
“We have reversed the trend of the rest of the state, we’re actually increasing the student population, but unfortunately the state funding model punishes our success,” said Ian Jones, chair of the Mountain School’s Board of Trustees. “We ask you to continue the model of choice.”
The Rupert-Pawlet merger has largely hinged on whether the towns should continue to designate middle and high school students to schools in bordering New York state — Rupert students to Salem, Pawlet students to Granville. The debate has closely divided voters over financial concerns, as tuition to the New York schools is less expensive.
For years, this town in the Green Mountains has been known not only as the gateway to Stratton Mountain, but as a community with a significant educational perk: Full school choice, from kindergarten to senior year of high school. But that selling point has led to an expensive drawback.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has announced a plan to introduce private school choice options to parents in his territory. This proposal includes charter schools that will be managed by nonprofit organizations, and vouchers so that parents can decide where their children will be educated.
The Village School of North Bennington has been named the second-place school in the statewide Education Innovator Awards competition, part of National School Choice Week.
The Statehouse was flooded Wednesday with enough school children that at least one lawmaker had to emerge from her committee room to hush all the hallway chatter. The occasion? School Choice Week in Vermont.
The right to choose where your kids attend school should be common sense. But for too long, it’s something too many parents have been denied for their children.
Sanders won the point of order, and the parents of homeschooled K-12 kids will be denied the use of their 529 account to assist their kids to get a better education, while Bernie rages on about the rich and the big corporations.
“If we keep it open as a public school, the discussion will not end, we will be at this again and again. … (But) if we turn Black River into an independent school, its destiny is in the hands of the community, not the Vermont Agency of Education.”
Independent schools may be the answer to economic prosperity in Vermont as a recent study found that Burr and Burton Academy provides over $15 million in support to Bennington County annually.