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  • Sen. Philip Baruth, Chair
  • Sen. Debbie Ingram, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Ruth Hardy
  • Sen. James McNeil
  • Sen. Corey Parent, Clerk
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik

Senate Committee on Education




Room 28

January 15, 2019 - January 18, 2019

Last Updated 1/18/2019 1:40 PM


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor


1:30 PM                   Act 46

Review/progress update

Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education

Krista Huling, Chair, State Board of Education

Peter Peltz, Member, State Board of Education


3:00 PM                   Act 11 Statewide Teachers' Health Care Bargaining

Review/progress update

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


1:30 PM                   Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI)

Progress update re: Board rebalancing

Laura Soares, President, VEHI

Mark Hage, Trust Administrator, VEHI

Bobby-Jo Salls, Trust Administrator, VEHI


--                                  Vermont Legislative Research Service

Anthony Gierzynski, Director, Vermont Legislative Research Service


3:00 PM                   S. 9 - An act relating to conducting background checks for home study programs


Retta Dunlap, Home School Advocate, Vermont Home Education Network - Invited

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


Thursday, January 17, 2019

12:30 PM                   Senate Sexual Harassment Prevention Presentation

Senate Chamber


--                                  Senate Floor


15 min after Floor                   Act 166 Pre-kindergarten


James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


--                                  S. 10 - An act relating to prekindergarten education


James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


--                                  Building Bright Futures Report

Carolyn Wesley, Director, Building Bright Futures


Friday, January 18, 2019

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor


1:00 PM                   Independent Schools


Michael Livingston, President, Vermont Independent Schools Association

Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association


1:30 PM                   Committee Discussion


ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. 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 and comments, please contact

 Jeannie Lowell at 802-828-3805 or jlowell@leg.state.vt.us