Sustaining our Public Schools

Vermont public schools, students, teachers, and families have been under enormous stress during the past two years of the COVID pandemic, and I have been a strong voice in Montpelier to ensure they get the funding, guidance, and support they need. Prior to the pandemic, our schools were already enduring tremendous changes, due to declining enrollments, governance mergers, curricular innovations, increased student needs, and financial and political pressures. As a local school board leader, I was on the front lines of these changes working to ensure they were 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 and strengthen this emphasis. As the leader of a Task Force charged with making recommendations to improve the equity of Vermont’s school funding system, I worked to ensure a comprehensive, holistic review of the complex system with the goal of making sustainable, accountable changes that will directly benefit kids in all Vermont schools.