|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Trombley of Grand Isle
Subject: Education; consolidation; grants
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to continue the grant program designed to encourage school districts and supervisory unions to discuss consolidation.
AN ACT RELATING TO GRANTS TO SUPPORT DISCUSSIONS ON EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. COUNCIL ON EDUCATION GOVERNANCE; APPROPRIATION
(a) In Sec. 71 of No. 68 of the Acts of 2003, the general assembly created a council on education governance to develop and implement a process for engaging a broad spectrum of Vermonters in a discussion of effective governance structures for delivery of public education, including consideration of the need to address rising costs while maintaining Vermont’s high quality education system. The council obtained funding from a private foundation and, in 2004, awarded $71,000.00 in small grants to education communities of Vermont school districts and supervisory unions to help them engage in discussions about reorganization for better service delivery at a lower cost. In their grant applications, several communities requested a workshop on policy governance, so the council used an additional $7,500.00 to run one statewide workshop for all who wished to attend. All of these communities have made progress toward productive reorganization and most need another round of small grants to continue and complete their work. In Sec. 168a of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, the general assembly appropriated $75,000.00 from the education fund to continue the grant program.
(b) Therefore, notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 4025(b), the sum of $150,000.00 is appropriated from the education fund to the commissioner of education for the department of education to continue working with the council on education governance to award grants to education communities, and to document the processes, successes, and lessons to be learned from the work of these communities.
(c) The commissioner of education shall, at the direction of the council on education governance, issue a request for proposals, choose grant recipients, determine the amounts to be awarded to each recipient, and monitor the progress of each grant recipient. The council shall report to the general assembly each January on its progress and any recommendations for legislative change.
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