Education Accountability

Children are our future and the quality of schools reflect the vitality of our communities.  I live in a small town, with a small and successful school and have served on the school board for over a decade.

I have been working hard to bring accountability for the 1.6 billion dollars Vermonters spend annually on educating Vermont students.    Our businesses, second homeowners and resident make a 10 million dollars investment in the state education fund annually.  It’s fair to say we are keenly interested in the educational opportunities being purchased for students around the state, and what types of outcomes those investments are yielding.    Data on what each school is buying seems like it should be a no brainer since almost every town’s businesses and second homeowners as well as many residents are investing in all of our Vermont students.

Here are some articles and reports about my efforts and testimony I have given in support of collecting data, small schools and being accountable to taxpayers:

2020

Laura Sibilia: Student weighting correction is just, not complicated

Officials call for ‘pupil weighting’ reform

High-need districts lobby lawmakers for education funding changes

2018

Laura Sibilia: Finding a compromise on education funding

End-of-session showdown looming over ed spending plan – WCAX.com

Lawmakers say staff-to-student ratio fines are ‘a horrible idea’ 

2017

Laura Sibilia: Rethinking Vermont’s education funding – VTDigger

Lawmakers threaten to sue education agency secretary

A triumph in education fairness | Times Argus

Stamford Group Asks for Time to Research Joint-Clarksburg School District

Whitingham sues over education property taxes

2015

Small and Rural Schools Caucus forms in the House

2014

Cap resolution rejected Education freeze could hurt small schools

1.17.2014 – Campaign Finance, Education, and the Budget

Senate Committee on Education Agenda Jan 22, 2014

Vermont State News – Consolidation bill would eliminate

2013

House Committee on Ways and Means Agenda February 7th, 2013

Senate Committee on Education Agenda May 9, 2013

Dover board approves funding for education lobbyist

2012

Dover and Wilmington release education study – VTDigger

Deerfield Valley News – Study says change needed

VPR: Dover, Wilmington Release Report On School Funding

Student Mobility and Opportunity to Learn – University of Vermont

2012 legislative update from KSE

Deerfield Valley News – Ed fund lobbying paying off

Dover, Wilmington get update on lobbying for education

2010

School board protests closed meetings – WCAX.COM Local

Education Challenges Design Team meetings now open to the public

Deerfield Valley News – Consolidation plans pack Statehouse

2008

“Much ado about nothing” – Matchbin

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