Vermont public schools have endured tremendous changes recently, due to declining enrollments, governance mergers, curricular innovations, increased student needs, and financial and political pressures. As a local school board leader, I have been on the front lines of these changes working to ensure they are forward-thinking, inclusive, student-focused, community-supported, and sustainable. Our current system of funding schools is one of the most equitable in the country, and we need to ensure that we protect or strengthen this emphasis. I will work to ensure that local communities retain a strong voice in the future of their schools and that the state guarantees broad-based quality and equity for all students. We cannot allow our children’s education to remain a bargaining chip for elected officials seeking political talking points.