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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

   By the Committee on Education,

S.R. 30.  Senate resolution encouraging the Business-Education Alliance to continue working for an effective organizational structure for state education governance.

Whereas, the elementary and secondary student population in Vermont’s schools should be performing at a sufficiently high level to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century, and

Whereas, both a new state-wide vision and an effective organizational structure for state education governance are essential for preparing children to meet these challenges, and

Whereas, a clear state-wide vision is necessary so that children in every Vermont school are offered the highest quality curriculum, and

Whereas, strong leadership and accountability in the state of Vermont’s system of educational governance and the most effective organizational structure are vital if we are to update the materials and teaching methods used in Vermont’s public schools, and

Whereas, recent test scores in some Vermont schools are flat or falling, and improvements in these scores these inadequate test results must be reversed if the students in our state are to be prepared to enter the ever‑changing global economy, and

Whereas, the Business-Education Alliance, in a report entitled “Vision, Goals, and Governance in Vermont’s Public Education System,” identifies the needs that must be addressed if a new vision for education is to be achieved, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont requests that the Business‑Education Alliance continue to prepare detailed documentation of the findings listed in its recently issued report on the status of public education in Vermont and that the documentation be presented to the House and Senate committees on education and to the commissioner of education on or before January 20, 2009, and be it further  

ResolvedThat the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor James Douglas, and to Mary Powell and Mary Moran, co-chairs of the Business-Education Alliance.


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