Introduced by Representatives Chen of Mendon, Komline of Dorset, Nitka of Ludlow and Smith of Morristown
Subject: Education; basic education
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to direct the commissioner of education to work with experts to define the resources necessary to provide every Vermont child with an equal education opportunity and the costs of providing those resources.
AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING AN EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN;
RESOURCES AND COSTS
(a) In this section, “equal education opportunity for children” means that all children receive educational services necessary to score at the proficient level on statewide assessments.
(b) The commissioner of education shall convene a panel of education experts, including teachers, administrators and local school finance personnel, to identify resources needed for schools to provide an equal education opportunity for children. On or before January 15, 2006, the commissioner shall report to the senate and house committees on education on the items identified and the costs of these resources.
(c) Following receipt of the report from the commissioner, the education committees shall use the information to develop recommended changes to the education funding system to ensure that each school district has the resources to provide an equal education opportunity for children.
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