North Country News
6:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Vermont School Boards and Superintendents Issue Reform Agenda

Credit Jared Benedict

The Vermont School Boards, and the Vermont Superintendents, Associations have released a five point agenda that they say will create a world-class education system in the state.

The agenda for a World Class Education system includes universal access to pre-K education, creation of Innovation Zones, personal learning plans, revision of the collective bargaining system and greater family involvement in education.  Vermont Superintendents Association Executive Director Jeff Francis says the state has a good public education system, but in a global economy it must be better.  Francis explains that the associations began crafting the five-point plan last fall.


Vermont School Boards Association Executive Director Steve Dale sees an alignment occurring among the major education interests in the state that will lead to substantive change.

NEA Vermont Chapter President Martha Allen notes that most of the items in the agenda the associations are offering are not new, and she’s only concerned about one initiative.

A link to the joint Moving Education Forward Agenda is available here.

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