This bill has passed out of the Senate Education Committee and the Full Senate and progressed to the House where it was referred to the House Education Committee.
This bill originally proposed to give full public school choice to all elementary and high school students, and eventually include choice of independent schools. As often happens during the process, the realities of financing, and the desire to avoid unintended consequences caused the committee to greatly scale back the bill. The current form of the bill is basically an expansion of Act 150. Act 150 is the school choice law that created "choice districts" within Vermont and allows a certain number of students to move within those districts.
This bill still needs parent support to make it through the House process and become law.
Please go to our updated TAKE ACTION NOW page to help this bill on the second half of its journey.
S.201 would now:
- Do away with "choice districts" and allow students to choose public schools statewide.
- Allow a greater number (but still limited) of students to choose their public school.
- Implement a lottery if there are more students interested in transferring schools, than there are spaces available.
- Expand Act 150 choice to students in grades 7 - 12 (it was previously grades 9-12)