Roll Call: Senate Blocks Moratorium On Public Schools “Going Independent”

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FAILED

in the State Senate on May 9, 2013
by a vote of
 
12-14 

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Purpose: This amendment attempted to stop for one year any public school from following in the footsteps of North Bennington (2013) or The Mountain School at Winhall (1998), which closed their local public school and immediately leased the building back to a newly formed independent school, essentially “taking the public school independent.”
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Analysis: Those voting YES on this amendment voted to strip local control away from communities in regard to their current legal right to open an independent school in place of their local public school. The amendment empowers the State Board of Education to deny approval to any such independent school, regardless of whether or not that independent school meets all requirements for approval, and mandates that the Board do so.
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The full amendment reads: “(a) The State Board of Education shall not approve any independent school under 16 V.S.A. § 166 if, on or after the effective date of this act, the school district for the municipality in which the independent school proposes to operate voted to cease operating a school that at the time of the vote served essentially the same population of students as the independent school proposes to serve.  (b) This section is repealed on July 1, 2014.”
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Senate Journal, Thursday, May 9, 2013. “…Which was disagreed to on a roll call, Yeas 12, Nays 14.” (Read the Journal, p. 1266)


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – ABSENT
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – ABSENT
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Sally Fox (D-Chittenden) – YES
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – YES
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – YES
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – NO
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – ABSENT
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – NO
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – ABSENT

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