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.
Plan Now to Attend
We are in a time of significant change. Boards are being asked to oversee their local systems as they currently exist, to promote changed educational practices, but at the same time to begin to prepare for major structural changes. More than ever, board members need perspective, information, and support. The Annual Conference, this year, will be designed for that purpose.
Plan now, even as your budget is just going before the voters in another two weeks, to come to the conference next fall!
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The Vermont Legislature is seriously considering changes in the overall structure of education governance. The VSBA Board passed a motion on February 13, deciding to participate in the creation of this legislation. The specific motion reads as follows:
The Vermont School Boards Association will participate in the development of legislation that creates PreK-12 Education Systems designed to: provide students with more equitable access to world-class learning opportunities, ensure greater flexibility in the management of public resources and less volatility for taxpayers, and maintain strong community involvement and support for our schools.In mid March the VSBA sponsored five in-person regional meetings around the state as well as one webinar. They were completed on March 24. We heard a wide array of reactions to this issue. A summary is linked below. That report has been shared with key legislation committees.
On March 27, the VSBA Board took additional action and agreed to the following:
It is unknown at this time whether the Senate will consider the bill seriously given the short time available in the session.Relevant documents:
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) Tweets by @VTVSBA
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. In 2013 the VSBA has prepared a video for school board candidates. 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!
|New Board Member Orientation and Training|
March 18th - May 6th
The Essential Work of Vermont School Boards Workshop is comprehensive orientation to good governance practices. Highly recommend for new board members. Experienced board members encouraged to attend as well. Full boards that attend together receive a 20% discount.