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  • Rep. Kathryn Webb, Chair
  • Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Peter Conlon, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Sarah "Sarita" Austin
  • Rep. Lynn Batchelor
  • Rep. Caleb Elder
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  • Rep. Kathleen James, Clerk
  • Rep. Philip Jay Hooper
  • Rep. Christopher Mattos
  • Rep. Casey Toof

House Committee on Education




Room 31

January 13, 2020 - January 17, 2020

Last Updated 2/4/2020 10:05 AM


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

10:00 AM                   House Floor

Caucuses immediately following Floor


12:00 PM                   Lunch


12:45 PM                   "The Science of Reading: What It Means and What It Tells Us About How to Teach Reading"


Rep. Kathryn Webb, Chair, House Committee on Education


1:45 PM                   Governor's FY2020  Proposed Budget Adjustment

Agency of Education

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Bill Bates, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

Kathy Flanagan, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education


3:00 PM                   Act 1

Amanda Garces, Director of Policy, Education and Outreach, Vermont Human Rights Commission


3:30 PM                   Adjourn


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

7:30 AM                   Breakfast for the Presidents of the Colleges

Capitol Plaza


9:30 AM                   Literacy Bills

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


-                                   H. 406 - An act relating to screening students for dyslexia and ensuring teachers receive training concerning dyslexia

Rep. Felisha Leffler, Sponsor


-                                   H. 668 - An act relating to evidence-based structured literacy instruction for students in kindergarten–grade 3 and students with dyslexia and to teacher preparation programs


-                                   H. 669 - An act relating to evidence-based structured literacy instruction for students in kindergarten–grade 3


11:00 AM                   University of Vermont Annual Update

Suresh Garimella, President, University of Vermont


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   House Floor


2:30 PM                   Act 66 Update

David Englander, Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health

Bryan Redmond, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Department of Environmental Conservation


3:15 PM                   Data Management and Assessment

Wendy Geller, Ph.D., Data and Research Director, Agency of Education

Kevin Viani, IT Director, Agency of Education

Daniel French, Ed.D., Secretary, Agency of Education


4:30 PM                   Adjourn


Thursday, January 16, 2020

9:30 AM                   Pre-K and Early Education

Joint hearing with the House Committee on Human Services

Room 10

Clare Irwin, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center

Heather Bouchey, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Morgan Crossman, Ph.D., Building Bright Futures

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Child Development Division Policy Director, Department for Children and Families


12:00 PM                   Vermont Superintendents Association Lunch

Capitol Plaza Hotel

Montpelier Room


1:00 PM                   House  Floor


2:00 PM                   Adjourn


Friday, January 17, 2020

9:30 AM                   House Floor


10:30 AM                   Literacy Bills

Donald Tinney, President, Vermont National Education Association


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Education Fund Training

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Chloe Wexler, Fiscal Data Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office


2:00 PM                   Adjourn


ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring one hard copy. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Avery Lamb at 802-828-2256 or alamb@leg.state.vt.us