SURVEY: Should Vermont Adopt Statewide School Choice to Lower Property Taxes and Improve Student Outcomes?

Families in over 90 Vermont towns enjoy full school choice today. They can send their children to places like St. Johnsbury Academy or Burr & Burton…. South Burlington High School or Stowe…. Any public or approved, non-religious independent school, in state or out, that best fits the needs of their child.

And these families are enjoying such great educational opportunities – more choices, better outcomes, even higher home values – for LESS COST TO THE VERMONT TAXPAYER on average than students in non choice districts.

Isn’t it time to give all Vermont kids the same opportunity to attend the school that’s right for them? Especially if we can give Vermont property taxpayers a break at the same time?


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EAI REPORT: School Choice in Vermont: A 150-Year-Old History That Leads to a Brighter Future

EAI REPORT: Better Value, Fewer Taxpayer Dollars: Rebalancing Education Cost and Value 

VIDEO: Vermont Parents tell their stories about how school choice has changed their children’s lives. 

COMMENTARY: Will More Towns Follow North Bennington’s Move to Independent School System? 

INDEPENDENT STUDY: School Vouchers and Home Prices — JHR Accepted Version


Bring the Case for School Choice to Your Community


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EAI president, Rob Roper, is taking this presentation on why Vermont should adopt a statewide school choice policy around Vermont. In a nutshell, school choice has the power to lower education costs (and therefore lower property taxes), improve student outcomes, and increase equity in the Vermont education system.

This video was taken in Vergennes on February 11, 2015. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your community, please contact Rob Roper at For those who can’t make it to a live showing, please watch the video, and share it with your friends and neighbors!

Scheduled Presentation Dates:

February 19. At the Steak House in Barre. 5:30pm

March 10. Isley Library, Middebury. 7pm

March 13. At the American Legion Hall in Bristol.

March 26. Damon Hall in Hartland, 6:30-9:00 pm

April 7. Elmore Town Hall, 6:30 pm

April 14. Castleton College, 7:00 pm.

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