Implementing the correct student weights would allow the Burlington District to: • Hire more multilingual liaisons and be able to pay them year around for the great demands on their time. • We could increase training and offer stipends for teachers to improve engagement with families, including conducting home visits in the summer and after hours. • We could increase funding for pre-K, so that we could offer more classes with increased staffing. • We could implement our own equitable funding model. • We could add much needed special education teachers, counselors, social workers, EL teachers, paraeducators and specialists to support our students in a more inclusive setting.
Month: July 2021
Vermont lawmakers to pick up education finance reform efforts this fall (Video) https://www.wcax.com/2021/07/22/vermont-lawmakers-pick-up-education-finance-reform-efforts-this-fall/ MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – By Calvin Cutler Equal opportunity in education will be on the front burner for Vermont lawmakers in the coming months as they dig into the perennial issue of education finance reform. Funding for public schools is allocated out of …
Our students, across the state of Vermont, all want the opportunity to thrive in their learning environments. But we know that our current pupil weighting system does not allow for equal access to those opportunities.
Once the Corrected Weights are Implemented, we won’t have winners and losers, we’ll have equitable education across the board.
Vermont’s students come to school with dissimilar learning needs and socioeconomic backgrounds that may require different types and levels of educational supports for them to achieve common standards or outcomes.
I want my children, and all Vermont children, to have an equal opportunity to thrive. No matter where they live. We have a legal and moral obligation to act urgently on the Pupil Weighting Report. We must adjust how we calculate the cost of educating students to restore equitable resources for all.
Categorical Aid, grants, won’t fix an inequitable VT Education funding system. Only correcting weights will bring equity to the pupil weighting formula.
CVTSE Members Testify at First meeting of the Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report
CVTSE testified at the very first meeting of the Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report. Real world examples of unmet need in VT schools.