Roll Call! Senate puts moratorium on public schools going independent (10-18), 2014

Roll Call Rotator
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SENATE PLACES MORATORIUM ON TOWNS CLOSING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
AND OPENING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN THEIR PLACE
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FAILED

in the State Senate on March 13, 2014 by a vote of

10-18

Purpose: The amendment to S.91 recommended by Senators Sears, Benning and Nitka proposed to strike all of S.91 (a bill which created a two year moratorium on the practice of towns voting to close a local public school and allowing an independent school to open its place) and replace it with language calling for a study of the constitutionality/legality of the state’s authority to impose such a restriction on a town as well as the town’s right to do so. (READ THE AMENDMENT, p 682-3 of the Senate Calendar for March 13, 2014)

Analysis Those voting YES on this amendment opposed the moratorium. Those voting NO were in favor or placing a two year moratorium on towns taking their public schools independent as did North Bennington in 2013 and Winhall in 1998. The town of Westford held a non-binding vote on town meeting day, 2014, calling for the town to explore this option, and other towns have expressed interest. This is an issue of the legislature seizing control away from local communities.

Senate Journal, Thursday, March 13, 2014. “Which was disagreed to on a roll call, Yeas 10, Nays 18.” (Read the Journal, p.351-354)

Related Material: Will More Towns Follow North Bennington’s Move to Independent School System, by Rob Roper


How They Voted

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

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Alex Knight March 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

What is truly needed is full separation of school and state, period. Tinkering with Marxism is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, nothing more.

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Bob DePino March 16, 2014 at 3:22 am

Anything to push the totalitarian takeover of the public education system by the government.
Remove local control, consolidate schools, give government control, push Common Core, track all students.
To take over they must first eliminate local control and enforce government sovereignty.

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