Roll Call! Senate Votes for Moratorium on Public Schools “Going Independent” (9-19), 2014

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SENATE VOTES TO BLOCK TOWNS THAT WISH TO CLOSE THEIR LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL AND OPEN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN THEIR PLACE
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FAILED
in the State Senate on May 9, 2014 by a vote of 
9-19 
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Purpose: This amendment intended to strip language out of H.876 that would impose a two year moratorium on Vermont towns’ current right vote to close a public school and then lease the building to an independent school. (Read the Bill)

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Analysis: After the town of North Bennington voted to close their public elementary school and lease the building back to an independent school staffed by the same principal and teachers, the VT NEA and the State Board of Education have been pushing hard for some mechanism to stop this from happening again. Currently, the towns are locally empowered with the liberty to decide their own direction. A moratorium is one piece in a larger scheme to eliminate local control over education, including mandatory school district consolidation (which would eliminate local school boards), mandatory publicly funded pre-k, and the ending of Vermont’s small school grants, which many believe will force small rural schools to consolidate. Those voting NO on this bill are participating in this larger plan to erode local control over education and implement a more ridged, state-controlled education system.
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Senate Journal, Friday, May 9, 2014. “Thereupon, pending third reading of the bill, Senators Hartwell and Sears moved that the Senate proposal of amendment be amended… Which was disagreed to on a roll call, Yeas 9, Nays 19.” (Read the Journal, p. 1714-1717)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – ABSENT

Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – NO
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – NO
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – NO
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – NOlk;
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) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – ABSENT
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – NO
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – NO
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – NO
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – NO

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