The Vermont School Boards Association exists to achieve Vermont’s vision for public education by supporting local boards to serve as effective trustees for education on behalf of their communities, and by providing a strong collective voice in the development and implementation of public education policy.
Guide to Student Voice in Education Governance
This guide is intended to provide school boards and administrators with general guidance and information to assist them in engaging students on public school boards. It includes information to consider when debating the inception, preparing the board and the youth for the taskand implementation. This document should not be relied upon for legal advice. We recommend all boards consult with their attorney if they have legal questions.Acrobat version of guide: STUDENT VOICE GUIDE
Vermont’s school boards are passionate about every child receiving an exceptional education. We know that the world is changing and that technology has opened dramatic new opportunities to enhance learning for our students.
For the past several months, we have spoken at regional meetings and at our annual conference about the need to engage every child in education and prepare them for success in this fast-changing world. By most measures, Vermont has a very good education system compared to other states. At the same time, we know that there are too many students who do not engage in their education. We know that too few students go on to higher education and fewer still complete a degree. We know we have much to do to better prepare our students for the new economy that calls for highly skilled graduates who are proficient in literacy, science, math, critical thinking, and creativity.
Moving education forward will require change on many levels—statewide leadership as evidenced by the Governor in his recent inaugural address, sound policy from the State Board, effective support from the new Agency, and most importantly, local implementation. Genuine, sustainable change comes community-by-community, school-by-school, through the creative efforts of teachers, through the education leadership of superintendents and principals, and through the commitment and focus of school boards. Vermont’s school boards are catalysts for change and create a climate that allows innovation to flourish among educators. We must be committed to moving education forward.
Over the course of the fall, the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association have put together a joint Agenda for Public Education. The comprehensive proposal, presented by board members and superintendents to a joint press conference on January 15, is available on this webpage. It focuses on how we engage every child in a world-class education. Specific proposals are being made in the areas of:
To learn more about the Agenda for a World-Class Education System, please review the following documents:
VSBA & VSA Press Release
VSBA & VSA Agenda for a World-Class Education System
Succinct Summary of Agenda Proposals
The Essential Work of Vermont School Boards book is 134 pages. It is revised every three years. The current version was created in 2012. The next will be released in 2015. The price of the book is $15 plus $5 (each) shipping. The books are mailed with invoice. If you are a current board member the invoice will be mailed to your school district.ORDER FORM
The Vermont Education Lawbook is released annually in early December. Vermont School Boards Association holds a standing order list for the lawbook. If you are placed on the list you will receive a postcard in July/August of the release year to confirm your order.
All books are shipped with an invoice with net 30 terms of payment.
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INFORMATION FROM VSBA REGIONAL MEETINGS
Between September 15 and October 15, the VSBA convened six regional meetings which attracted more than 600 participants. The key focus of the meetings was “Education Equity, Opportunity, and Cost”. The sessions featured a showing of the video data presentation Situational Analysis of Public Education 2014, followed by an in-depth presentation by Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe. Attendees then engaged in discussion of two of our biggest challenges—addressing our rising cost per pupil which is driven largely by staff to student ratios and creating more equal opportunity across districts/supervisory unions. A summary of key themes and the full list of items generated at each meeting can also be found on the VSBA website.
The ideas generated are general in nature. We urge boards to act on them locally/regionally as they assess their particular current circumstances. We also welcome any ideas you may have on statewide policy changes or service improvements which can help districts take needed action.
Also, please consider viewing the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards streaming videos or the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards resource book among the many other pages found in this website. Good luck!