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Month: December 2021

Burlington and Winooski Mayors and Councils Send Joint Letter to Legislators Requesting Pupil Weights be Corrected

We are writing as officials who have been elected to represent our incredibly diverse communities. Burlington and Winooski are a reflection of the changing demographic of the United States, and Vermont. Together, our two cities are home to many cultures and languages. This isn’t just a feature, this is the soul of our communities.

CVTSE Issues Statement in Response to a Legislative Proposal on Educational Funding Equity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 14, 2021Contact: Marc Schaubermarc@cvtse.org(802) 780-0266 The Coalition for Vermont Student Equity Issues Statement in Response to a Legislative Proposal on Educational Funding Equity “As an organization that is solely focused on creating equitable educational opportunities for all of Vermont’s children, we are deeply appreciative of the work done by the legislative Task …

VLCT Opposes the Task Force’s Reverse Foundation Formula (so-called Cost Equity Formula)

The proposed cost equity approach in the draft report contemplates instituting categorical funding
categories to address poverty, rurality, middle and high school as well as English Language Learners. The difficulty with this approach is that each year, a new calculation would need to be made. Each year that calculation would be ripe for debate as not only cost factors change, and as the draft report mentions, the question of how much is left for base funding per pupil is debated, but also as statutory changes are made to the programs and legislative appetites for keeping financial support sufficient over time is likely to falter, particularly in lean times.

Winooski Superintendent McMannon Statement on ‘Discriminatory’ ELL Funding Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Superintendent Sean McMannon, Winooski School District “By choosing to separate/segregate ELL funding from the rest of the formula, and intentionally setting the amount at substantially less than empirical analysis says it should be, I believe this proposal results in discrimination against ELL students on the basis of national origin and language.  As …