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Post Carson v. Makin: Vermont’s Response

Recorded on March 20, 2023

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court set new rules relating to taxpayer funding of private schools. The Supreme Court’s decision opens the door to changes to Vermont’s taxpayer-backed Education Fund, which is always under cost pressures, through more funding of private schools. A Vermont attorney will set the stage by discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in Carson v. Makin and the Vermont Constitution’s Compelled Support Clause. With that background, legislators will discuss bills introduced to update state laws governing the eligibility of private schools to receive public tuition, including S.66, H.258 and House Education Committee Bill DR 23-0910. 

Moderator: Neil Odell (VSBA President)



Superintendent Peter Burrows (VSA President), 

Attorney Harry Stark (Vermont ACLU), 

Senator Ruth Hardy, 

Representative Peter Conlon, 

Representative Edye Graning, 

Representative Rebecca Holcombe

The NEW 2023 School Board

Onboarding New Board Members & Reorganizing the Board

Recorded on March 2, 2023

This webinar has key insights to ensure your district has excellent practices for onboarding and working well with new members. Too many boards leave this to hope and happenstance. Nearly no one automatically knows how to be an effective school board member. We have to be shown the ropes, coached along the way, learn from our mistakes, and know that we are part of a team that has the best interest at heart. The way you provide information, resources, and encouragement in the first sixty days to a new school board is critical for them to contribute meaningfully to the board and its work. Consider ways your board can be intentional about bringing new members onto the team and supporting the long term success of your board. 


This webinar includes practical tips to consider when reorganizing your board including qualities to look for in board officers and mistakes to avoid. 


This webinar is helpful to all central office staff as well as school board members.

How School Boards Can Support Student Achievement and Close Gaps Webinar

Recorded on February 2, 2023

How does your board…

  • Ensure the district is accountable for the well-being and success of all students?

  • Assure high expectations for student learning?

  • Demonstrate responsible and inclusive governance?

  • Engage and involve your local community?

  • Create conditions for the success of all students and staff?


NEW VSBA Beliefs, Vision & Mission

  1. That public education is the foundation of and for democracy.

  2. The VSBA represents school boards in Vermont.

  3. Public education in Vermont is critically important for a healthy democracy, is the engine that drives economic development, and is the core of a strong community.

  4. School boards and their communities need to understand the jobs, roles, and responsibilities of school boards and their members; and boards need to have professional development to be effective and efficient in their roles.

  5. Public education is the greatest equalizer.

  6. Education is a fundamental right.

  7. Vermont is a state where every student has equitable access to a world class public education, and our students are driven by their aspirations, through empowered school boards, who are ensuring student success.

  8. The VSBA is the glue that ties together local school boards, and is respectful of different positions of school boards.



The VSBA is the trusted leadership organization advancing the essential work of Vermont school boards so that each and every student is supported in their educational journey.



Develop and provide systems and resources that support school boards and their members, informed through inclusive community engagement.

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