Trending in Vermont schools: choice lawsuits, vaccination, Critical Race Theory, school cops, expulsions, etc.

By Guy Page

The following is a quick, partial roundup of what’s happening with Vermont education policy.

1. Three separate lawsuits all seek school choice for Vermont parents and students. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, they may win and thereby transform Vermont’s public educational system.

2. Five Vermont colleges – perhaps more – will require Covid-19 vaccination this fall. UVM and the state colleges are undecided. But K-12 public schools won’t require vaccination, Gov. Phil Scott says. 

3. The use and misuse of Critical Race Theory rages in the Essex-Westford school district. A newly-elected gadfly school board member with strong backing from the community is probing the school board and senior management. Supporters say it’s time to get serious about systemic racism. Opponents say it’s based in Marxist class struggle and just makes the problem worse. A Town Hall meeting will be held 6:30 pm this Friday evening at the Essex Grange on Rte. 15, open to all.

4. Vermont – long proud of its special education system – was one of two states singled out by the feds for poor performance.  

5. The Burlington School District plan to build a new high school in four years raises questions about funding, and other school districts following suit. 

6. Schools going to universal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – with US Dept. of Ag funding. This is a trend towards ‘community schools’ in which public schools provide increasingly more services. 

7. The Burlington School District has banned school cops from patrolling onsite. Legislators (both Senate and House), seem determined to kick cops out of schools. At the same time, S16 was signed by Gov. Scott – it aims to keep disruptive minority children from being expelled or suspended.

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  1. Parents would you like solid challenging academics, traditional curriculum: science (real, not political), history, traditional math, English, handwriting etc delivered to your student without the social justice indoctrination? Do you want your child academically challenged and motivated in their learning? Do you want them in a learning environment that is orderly, encourages learning and advancement academically and as an individual? Do you want to know what and how they are doing and not have to guess? Traditional grading? We wanted all of these things for our kids and found it all and more at Trinity Baptist School in Williston. We’ve done the public and private route and there is zero comparison. We are in the ewsd district and to see the decline academically and overall over the last 12 years has been eye opening. Do your research and don’t assume private Ed is financially out of your reach- it may not be. I encourage you to check it out !!.

  2. Vermont really has to be wiped clean of the whole of it’s Government, Top, Middle and Little. Time to wipe it clean People. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at a school? Don’t expel disruptive “minority” children? No School Police patrolling for the welfare of your children? Critical Race Theory or anything like it by another name being rammed down the throats of your children to brainwash them into hating themselves and America?

    What more do you want Vermont until you wake up and realize that this State’s Government is TOTALLY OFF IT’S ROCKER.

    • 100% correct, saltlightfaith. If you were somehow asleep the last ten years & woke up just today, you would be convinced you were being “pranked”, though there is nothing comical about what these people are instituting here.

      “The party of Science” – boys can be girls by just wishing it so & vice versa, a fetus isn’t a human being, guns kill people; nothing to do with whose finger is on the trigger, and on & on…..INSANITY.

  3. The evidence just keeps accumulating — the public school monolith has failed. It is a disappointing drain on the citizens. It lives a life of its own, disconnected from any responsiveness to its constituents and it will continue on it’s own self serving path. Folks need to be released from their indenture to this failed enterprise. Re-empower families. Let the MONEY FOLLOW the KID and then families will decide how (if) school fits into their plan for educating their kids. Teachers have skills they might want to buy.

  4. I would like to hear from teachers who find themselves “stuck” in this labyrinth of insanity in our school systems. You could champion the change by exposing those fully engulfed in carrying out this plot against our young ones! A place to start is here – anonymous at best – contact Vermont Daily and request an avenue to so. Who, what, when and where in your experience. Some have expressed themselves privately sharing that they never imagined this was what they signed up for, went through the rigors of an education for and even are considering walking away from! You are the ones we need to help accomplish this. We welcome your input because there are parents and guardians ready to take back their schools!

    • FYI – more than 44% of new teachers quit within five years. They figure out that their compensation is commensurate to the number of years they work and their certification status, not the successful performance of teaching kids to be proficient. All incentives in the public education monopoly encourage outcome stagnation and staying power. Entrepreneurialism is discouraged. Remember, the everyone-gets-a-trophy mentality begins with the system. Anyone who rocks the boat and makes the old guard appear antiquated is shunned. If there was ever an example of the effects of Marxism/Socialism on society at large, it is epitomized in the public-school monopoly.

  5. Education, or learning, is not necessarily that routinized curriculum and those classified subjects in textbooks which youths are forced to learn during specified hours while sitting in rows of desks. This type of education now prevailing all over the world is directed against human freedom. State-controlled education, which governments boast of whenever they are able to force it on their youths, is a method of suppressing freedom. It is a compulsory obliteration of a human being’s talent, as well as a coercive directing of a human being’s choices. It is an act of dictatorship destructive of freedom because it deprives people of their free choice, creativity and brilliance. To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act. To impose certain subjects upon people is also a dictatorial act.
    State-controlled and standardized education is, in fact, a forced stultification of the masses. All governments which set courses of education in terms of formal curricula and force people to learn those courses coerce their citizens. All methods of education prevailing in the world should be destroyed through a universal cultural revolution that frees the human mind from curricula of fanaticism which dictate a process of deliberate distortion of man’s tastes, conceptual ability and mentality. This does not mean that schools are to be closed and that people should turn their backs on education, as it may seem to superficial readers. On the contrary, it means that society should provide all types of education, giving people the chance to choose freely any subjects they wish to learn. Ignorance will come to an end when everything is presented as it actually is and knowledge about everything is available to each person in the manner that suits him or her.

    – The Green Book

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