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Social Equity Caucus Letter to Legislators: Treat English Language Learners (ELL) Equitably

Vermont Social Equity Caucus Calls on Committees of Jurisdiction to Reflect True Educational Equity in Funding Formula for English Language Learners  January 25, 2022  To House and Senate Leadership, the Chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Education, and the Chairs of the House Committee on Ways & Means and the Senate Committee on …

5 Limitations of Categorical Aid for Education Funding in VT

5 limitations to the “Option 2 scenario” (Reverse Foundation Formula, AKA: Cost Equity) according to Tammy Kolbe Final Report from Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report (Dec 17, 2021) Hardy/Kornheiser slidedeck on the task force’s report  Kolbe et al memo dated January 11, 2022 and released January 12, 2022  Kolbe …

CVTSE Testifies to the Senate Education Committee on ELL

The Senate Committee on Education is in the process of taking up the issue of funding for ELL as recommended by the Legislative Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report. CVTSE very much appreciates Chair Senator Brian Campion and the Committee inviting our Board Member and Treasurer, Alison Notte and our …

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.