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NO. 127.  AN ACT RELATING TO INFORMING PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW.

(H.538)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 212(14) is added to read:

(14)  Annually communicate to each superintendent a list of information that a school board, a school district, a school, a school district employee, or a supervisory union employee is required under state or federal law to make available to the electorate, community members, parents, or students.  It is the intent of this subdivision that the commissioner of education shall make a good faith effort to compile a complete list of information to be made available to the electorate, community members, parents or guardians, and students.  However, due to the difficult nature of compiling such a list, it is also the intent that failure to include relevant information on the list shall not constitute grounds for an action against the commissioner.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 563(27) and (28) are added to read:

(27)  Annually, shall inform each secondary student and the student’s parents or guardians of the right to opt out of the federal requirement that student contact information be provided to military recruiters or institutions of higher education pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 7908(a).  A school board shall enable the secondary student and the student’s parents or guardians to disallow provision of student contact information to either military recruiters or institutions of higher education, while allowing provision of information to the other.  For purposes of this subdivision, “secondary student” means a pupil in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12.

(28)  Annually, shall inform students and their parents or guardians of their options for school choice under applicable laws or policy. 

Approved:  May 3, 2006



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us