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Senate Committee on Education




Room 28

February 12, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Last Updated 3/12/2019 3:16 PM


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor


1:30 PM                   19-1201 - An act relating to a study of how to best deliver Vermont Technical College certificate and degree programs at career technical education centers in Vermont

CTE/Expansion of Early College

Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College

Patricia Coates, Director of Government and External Affairs, Vermont State Colleges


2:00 PM                   S. 38 - An act relating to the creation of a tuition-free scholarship program for Vermont students

Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic Officer, Vermont State Colleges


2:30 PM                   University of Vermont Annual Update

Thomas Sullivan, President, University of Vermont


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


15 min after Floor                   Hearing on Governor's Appointment

Daniel French as Secretary of the Agency of Education

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


- -                                 Act 77 Grading Standards

Dan Cunningham, Parent

Pat Fitzsimmons, Proficiency-Based Learning Team Leader, Agency of Education

Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Student Pathways, Agency of Education

Andrew Jones, Director of Curriculum, Mill River Unified Union School District


- -                                 S. 76 - An act relating to the requirement to pass a civics course for high school graduation

Introduction by sponsors

Sen. Joe Benning, Sponsor

Sen. Dick McCormack, Sponsor


- -                                 S. 63 - An act relating to expanding dual enrollment to students who attend schools outside of Vermont

Introduction by sponsor

Sen. Brian Campion, Sponsor


- -                                 S. 38 - An act relating to the creation of a tuition-free scholarship program for Vermont students

Introduction of bill by sponsor

Sen. Robert Starr

Sen. Anthony Pollina, Sponsor


Thursday, February 14, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


15 min after Floor                   S. 38 - An act relating to the creation of a tuition-free scholarship program for Vermont students

Walk-through by Legislative Counsel and committee discussion

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


Friday, February 15, 2019

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor


1:00 PM                   The Creation of a Tuition-Free Scholarship

Linda Olson, Vice President for Higher Education, American Federation of Teachers VT

Kathleen Moore, Faculty member, Vermont State Colleges Faculty Federation-Community College of Vermont Faculty

Rowie Budde, Student, Castleton University

Taylor Sanders, Student, Castleton University

Nasser Abdel-Fatah, Graduate, Northern Vermont University

Sarah Alexander, President, United Academics-UVM Faculty

Julie Roberts, President Elect, United Academics

Alexandra Timmins, Student, Vermont Technical College

Heather Riemer, Director, American Federation of Teachers VT

Kate Gold, President, Vermont State Colleges United Professionals - Phone

Allison Aguilar, Senior Research Associate, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO - Phone


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