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  • Sen. Brian Campion, Chair
  • Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Clerk
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons
  • Sen. Thomas Chittenden
  • Sen. Joshua Terenzini

Senate Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Zoom

January 11, 2022 - January 14, 2022

Last Updated 1/13/2022 4:26 PM

 

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are livestreamed at https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/senate-education.

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   COVID-19 Update Related to Schools

Response to updated COVID-19 protocols, Vermont National Education Association follow-up, mental health in schools, etc.

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association (1:30 PM)

Lynn Cota, Superintendent, Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union

Laura Boudreau, Assistant Superintendent, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Kate Abbott, Student Support Services Director, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Patrick Pennock, Principal, Hardwick Elementary School

 

3:30 PM                   COVID-19 Update Related to Schools

Follow-up on system for communicating with schools, updated COVID-19 protocols, etc.

Daniel French, Ed.D., Secretary, Agency of Education (3:30 PM)

Mark Levine, M.D., Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health (3:30 PM)

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   S. 189 - An act relating to the status of Holocaust education in public schools

Introduction by sponsor and walk-through by counsel

Sen. Joshua Terenzini, Sponsor

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Maya Sobel, Student, self

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

Wendy Geller, Data management and Analysis, Division Director, Agency of Education

Debora Steinerman, President and Cofounder, Vermont Holocaust Memorial

 

2:30 PM                   COVID-19 Update Related to Schools

Continued committee discussion of updated COVID-19 protocols

Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association

Sue Ceglowski, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association (3:15 PM)

Benjamin Lee, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, Vermont Chapter (3:30 PM)

 

3:45 PM                   S. 75 - An act relating to screening students for dyslexia

Review and Committee Discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

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

 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   S. 219 - An act relating to ensuring compliance with the U.S. and Vermont Constitutions in the use of public funds for tuition and in the dual enrollment program

Walk-through

Elizabeth St. James, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association - Invited

 

2:45 PM                   S. 211 - An act relating to creating the Vermont Teaching Careers Study Committee

Introduction and walk-through

Elizabeth St. James, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

3:30 PM                   Commission Discussion

 

Friday, January 14, 2022

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   Pupil Weighting Study

Committee discussion

Sen. Ruth Hardy, Co-Chair, Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report

Catherine Benham, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Anne Bordonaro, Division Director, Federal and Education Support Programs, Agency of Education

Kheya Ganguly, Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development, Department of Mental Health

Lynne Manley, Director of Teaching and Learning, Milton School District

 

3:30 PM                   S. 219 - An act relating to ensuring compliance with the U.S. and Vermont Constitutions in the use of public funds for tuition and in the dual enrollment program

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Elizabeth St. James, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

4:00 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Update on rapid antigen tests

Sen. Brian Campion

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES

 

Please email handouts to the committee assistant at least 24 hours before your scheduled meeting time. With few exceptions, any documents you send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s web page.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Daphne Kinney-Landis at dkinneylandis@leg.state.vt.us