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S.16 (Act 35)

An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Sen. Richard Sears , Sen. Kesha Ram
5/19/2021 - Senate Message, signed by Governor May 18, 2021
Sponsor(s)
Last Recorded Action
House 5/19/2021 - Senate Message, signed by Governor May 18, 2021
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An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Detailed Status

Regular Session 2021-2022
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An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Roll Call History

Regular Session 2021-2022
Body Date Journal Location Full Status

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An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee Meetings

Regular Session 2021-2022
Meeting Date Committee
An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Meeting Full List

Regular Session 2021-2022
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
15 min after Floor

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Introduction of bill by sponsor and witness testimony

Sen. Dick Sears, Sponsor of Bill
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity and Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Racial Equality, Agency of Administration
Daniel French, Secretary, Agency of Education
Amanda Garces, Director of Policy, Education and Outreach, Vermont Human Rights Commission
Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
Sue Ceglowski, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
Erin Maguire, Member, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
1:30 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Act 1: An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools

Amanda Garces, Director of Policy, Education and Outreach, Vermont Human Rights Commission
Mark Hage, Vice Chair, Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group
2:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

KICKED OUT! report

Jay Diaz, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont
3:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Marilyn Mahusky, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
3:30 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Susan Aranoff, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
Christa Yagjian, Member, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
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S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee discussion


Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, February 5, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association
Drew Gradinger, Director, Kindle Farm School
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
2:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Daniel French, Secretary, Agency of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
15 min after Floor

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Carlen Finn, Senior Policy Advisor, Voices for Vermont's Children

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Review of latest draft

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, February 26, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Review of latest draft

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
3:45 AM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Walk-through of amendment

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Jay Diaz, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont
Daniel French, Secretary, Agency of Education

Friday, March 12, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Appropriations
3:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee discussion and possible vote

Sen. Cheryl Hooker
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, March 12, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee discussion and vote on Campion amendment

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
1:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Introduction and Walk Through

Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sponsor
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Dillon Burns, Mental Health Services Director, Vermont Care Partners

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
-

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont School Boards Association

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
9:35 AM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Amanda Garces, Chair, Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group, Vermont Human Rights Commission
Dr. Chuck Myers, Executive Director, Northeastern Family Institute, VT
Amy Wheeler-Sutton, Training and Development Coordinator, Vermont BEST Project
Jeff Boudreau, School Climate Coordinator, Peoples Academy Middle Level
Bernice Garnett, Burack Green & Gold Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
Lance Smith, Associate Professor, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
Kym Asam, Regional Director of Schools and Clinical Programming, Northeastern Family Institute, VT
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S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Wendy Geller, Data and Research Director, Agency of Education
David Kelley, Research and Statistics Section Chief, Agency of Education
Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Student Pathways, Agency of Education
10 Min After Floor

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Jay Diaz, Attorney, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
1:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Mark Up

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Student Pathways, Agency of Education
Wendy Geller, Data and Research Director, Agency of Education
David Kelley, Research and Statistics Section Chief, Agency of Education
Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
Jo-Anne Unruh, Former Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont School Boards Association
3:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Emily Simmons, General Counsel, Agency of Education

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
10 Min After Floor

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Lindsey Halman, Executive Director, UP for Learning
Townes DeGroot, U32 High School Student, Restorative Practices Facilitator, UP for Learning
Evelyn Monje, Winooski High School Student, Youth Program Specialist, UP for Learning
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S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee Discussion


Friday, April 16, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Education
8:45 AM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee Discussion and Mark Up

1:10 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee Discussion


Thursday, April 29, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
10:00 AM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Rep. Erin Brady, Reporter, House Committee on Education
Breanna Parker, Legislative Fiscal Data Analyst , Joint Fiscal Office
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, April 30, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
--

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
1:00 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Jay Diaz, Attorney, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Education
1:15 PM

S.16 - An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Vote


An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Witnesses Who Testified

Regular Session 2021-2022
House Committee on Appropriations
  • Rep. Erin Brady, Reporter, House Committee on Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Breanna Parker, Legislative Fiscal Data Analyst , Joint Fiscal Office
House Committee on Education
  • Kym Asam, Regional Director of Schools and Clinical Programming, Northeastern Family Institute, VT
  • Jeff Boudreau, School Climate Coordinator, Peoples Academy Middle Level
  • Dillon Burns, Mental Health Services Director, Vermont Care Partners
  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Student Pathways, Agency of Education
  • Townes DeGroot, U32 High School Student, Restorative Practices Facilitator, UP for Learning
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Jay Diaz, Attorney, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Amanda Garces, Chair, Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Bernice Garnett, Burack Green & Gold Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
  • Wendy Geller, Data and Research Director, Agency of Education
  • Lindsey Halman, Executive Director, UP for Learning
  • Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sponsor
  • David Kelley, Research and Statistics Section Chief, Agency of Education
  • Evelyn Monje, Winooski High School Student, Youth Program Specialist, UP for Learning
  • Dr. Chuck Myers, Executive Director, Northeastern Family Institute, VT
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Emily Simmons, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Lance Smith, Associate Professor, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Former Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
  • Amy Wheeler-Sutton, Training and Development Coordinator, Vermont BEST Project
Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Cheryl Hooker
Senate Committee on Education
  • Susan Aranoff, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Sue Ceglowski, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity and Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Racial Equality, Agency of Administration
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Jay Diaz, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont
  • Jay Diaz, Attorney, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Carlen Finn, Senior Policy Advisor, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education
  • Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Daniel French, Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Amanda Garces, Director of Policy, Education and Outreach, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Drew Gradinger, Director, Kindle Farm School
  • Mark Hage, Vice Chair, Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group
  • Erin Maguire, Member, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
  • Marilyn Mahusky, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
  • Sen. Dick Sears, Sponsor of Bill
  • Christa Yagjian, Member, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

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No committee of conference members found for S.16 in the Regular Session 2021-2022.
An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee of Conference Meetings

Regular Session 2021-2022
Meeting Date Committee
An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Committee of Conference Meeting Full List

Regular Session 2021-2022
No committee of conference meeting history found for S.16 in the Regular Session 2021-2022.
No committee of conference report found for S.16 in the Regular Session 2021-2022.

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Act


An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Equitable and Inclusive School Environments

Statutes Affected

Regular Session 2021-2022

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Staff & Other Information

Staff
James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel

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