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.
Act 46 of 2015 was enacted to encourage and support local decisions and actions to ensure all communities are part of a sustainable structure of education governance on or before July 1, 2019. Districts are encouraged to organize in a manner consistent with a preferred educational governance structure outlined in the Act or an approved alternate structure. In order to realize the opportunities provided in this law, school districts need to engage their communities and neighboring districts in important discussions in a timely manner. We are devoting a significant portion of this year's regional meeting program to ensuring our members understand the implications of Act 46 for their work over the next three years.
We are pleased to be joined by Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe and members of her team who will share details about the Agency's efforts to support implementation through the Education Quality Review process. This is the process whereby the Agency will gather information about school district performance relative to the Education Quality Standards.
Please plan to join us for an opportunity to meet with school board colleagues in your region for an engaging discussion about how to implement Act 46 in a manner that ensures a strong and sustainable public education system that provides educational excellence for all students in Vermont.REGISTER TODAY
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The VSBA is pleased to announce an award to recognize the work of school boards across the State of Vermont. Vermont has nearly 300 elected boards that oversee the system of public education. The Award for Exceptional Board Leadership is a means of recognizing the contributions of a particular board. It is also a way to recognize all of the hard work done by citizen representatives who serve throughout the state. The award recipient will be announced at the Annual Conference on October 22nd & 23rd.
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Strategic Solutions & Opportunities for Leaders
A Guide to Vermont REDs, Voluntary Mergers and Joint Ventures
This Guide is structured as a companion document to the Vermont Agency of Education’s Facilitating and Achieving Joint Ventures and Mergers Under Act 153/Act 156: A Manual for School Districts and Merger Consultants. While the Manual is intended as the more in-depth resource, this Guide is designed as an abbreviated and practical stepping-off place for school leaders as they begin the important dialogues over options for altered governance structures affecting local and regional education.Acrobat version of guide: MERGER GUIDE
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.
Would you like to be placed on the lawbook standing order list - no charge. We would mail you a postcard in August to verify an order for the upcoming year.
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!