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.
The VSBA will be holding a FREE webinar on December 17 from 6:00 until 7:00pm. Register to attend and the instructions for attendance will be emailed to you and you will receive a reminder email 24 hours prior to the workshop.
This website holds many educational opportunities for candidates. Please consider viewing the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards streaming videos and the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards resource book among the many other opportunities found on this website. Good luck!
The 1997 Brigham decision of the Vermont Supreme Court prompted radical changes in Vermont’s system of education finance. It resulted in significant leveling of the tax burden across the state and created substantially greater equity in the dollars available to educate each child.
With the passing of time, it is critical that Vermonters remember that the current system grew from a situation of tremendous disparity in both education quality and taxation. As we seek to address issues related to education finance, we must avoid reverting to those days of gross inequity.
Carol Brigham, mother of the lead plaintiff in the case, reflects on the decision 16 years after it was handed down by the Vermont Supreme Court. Carol has served on the Whiting School Board since that time and currently is the Chair of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and serves on the board of the Vermont School Boards Association. The full version of her story is included below. An abbreviated version was recently published in the October edition of From the Boardroom. Read more...
This joint presentation of the VSBA & VSA is intended to provide an array of useful information about conditions facing public education in Vermont. The analysis provides an overview of Vermont's school demographics, the statewide political conversation about education, fiscal characteristics of Vermont's schools, and the educational attainment of its students.
Presentation (in Acrobat Format)
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.
>The Vermont School Crisis Guide is designed to help schools develop their comprehensive emergency plan as required by State Board of Education regulations. The guide has also been designed to record vital information during and after a crisis. The document is intended for use by school leaders and emergency service providers. It may be freely copied and distributed to anyone involved with planning and implementing school safety drills.
Vermont Emergency Management – link to the School Crisis Guide: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness/school_crisis
Tasked by the Vermont State Board of Education with recommending a state policy framework to insure Vermont's public education system provides a meaningful and rigorous experience for every child over his/her entire school experience - work is underway.
The Public Assets Institute has published a new town2town map. The interactive map shows per-pupil education spending, income-based school tax rates, and property rates for each Vermont town--all in one place, for the first time ever. And the accompanying description has gotten the thumbs up as the most “digestible summary” around.You can find it here.
This website holds many educational opportunities for candidates. Please consider viewing the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards streaming videos and the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards resource book among the many other pages found in this website. Good luck!