Independent Schools Bill (H.483) - March 28, 2023

The House Education Committee met briefly on Tuesday to review two changes to the committee amendment being offered on H.483. The first change was to remove the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) model policy for admissions for publicly tuitioned students to public schools (the language was maintained for independent schools). Concerns had been raised about the model policy, and VSBA is currently re-evaluating it. However, the rationale for removal of this requirement was the that title of the bill only referenced independent schools.

The second change was to allow independent schools to require proof of the student’s previously completed grade level. This was in response to issues raised around schools needing to know what grade level students would be coming in at so they could understand capacity constraints.

The Committee voted 7-4-1 in favor of the changes.

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