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House Committee on Education (Room 32)

The House Committee on Education considers matters relating the educational needs of Vermonters, including the arts, libraries, and literary and scientific subjects; the amount of revenue required to satisfy the educational needs; and the manner of raising necessary revenue.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Convenes

1:00 PM

House Reconvenes

Seating of new members

2:00 PM

Joint Assembly

Governor Shumlin's Farewell Address


Thursday, January 5, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

Joint Assembly

Canvassing Committee

2:00 PM

Joint Assembly

Governor's Inaugural Message


Friday, January 6, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Meet & Greet

9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Session

To be held in the House Chamber

11:00 AM

Security Training

To be held in the House Chamber

1:15 PM

S.1 - An act relating to the determination of average daily membership for the 2016–2017 school year and equalized pupil count for fiscal year 2018

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

S.1 - An act relating to the determination of average daily membership for the 2016–2017 school year and equalized pupil count for fiscal year 2018

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:00 PM

Democratic Caucus

After caucus

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Education Finance

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
9:30 AM

Every Student Succeeds Act

  • Christopher Case, Education Project Manager, Agency of Education
  • Patrick Halladay, Education Project Manager, Agency of Education
10:30 AM

Education Quality Standards

  • Joshua Souliere, Assistant Director of Education Quality Reviews, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

Introduction

  • Martha Allen, President, Vermont National Education Association
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
11:30 AM

Introduction

  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

Training Session

Decorum training in the House Chamber

2:30 PM

Afterschool Programs

  • Holly Morehouse, Director, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
3:30 PM

Vermont State Colleges

  • Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Scott Farr, Director, River Valley Technical Center
  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
  • Michele Kupersmith, Workforce, Education and Training Coordinator, Department of Labor
  • Robert Travers, Director, Center for Technology, Essex
  • Leeann Wright, Director, Northwest Technical Center
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Tricia Coates, Director of External & Governmental Affairs, Vermont State Colleges
  • Rosemary Distel, Associate Academic Dean, Vermont Technical College
  • Natalie Searle, Director of Secondary Education Initiatives, Community College of Vermont
2:00 PM

Vermont Principals' Association

  • Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
3:00 PM

Act 46 Update

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, Agency of Education

Friday, January 13, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Prekindergarten Education

  • Donarae Dawson, Director of Student Support Services, Washington West Supervisory Union
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • John Pandolfo, Superintendent, Barre Supervisory Union
  • Barbara Saunders, Co-Director, Mary Johnson Children's Center
  • Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Eileen Illuzzi, Director, North Country Career Center
  • Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:00 PM

Democratic Caucus

After caucus

Security Update

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
2:30 PM

Results Based Accountability

  • Drusilla Roessle, Performance Improvement Manager, Agency of Human Services
3:00 PM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Donald Collins, Former Senator
  • Lyle Jepson, Dean of Entrepreneurial Programs, Castleton University

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Frank Cioffi, Chair, Vermont State Workforce Development Board
  • Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable
10:00 AM

Legislative Update from Washington, DC

  • Peter Welch, U.S. Congressman, Vermont
11:00 AM

Budget Adjustment Act and FY17 Budget

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

Results Based Accountability

  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education
2:00 PM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Diane Wheeler, State's Attorney, Franklin County
2:30 PM

Afterschool Programs

Nutrition component

  • Marissa Parisi, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont
3:00 PM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Marilyn Cargill, Vice President of Financial Aid Services, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
  • Tom Little, Vice-President and General Counsel, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Prekindergarten Education

  • Michelle Fox, Early Education Director, St. Johnsbury School District
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Janet McLaughlin, Executive Director, Vermont Birth to Five
  • Mary Lynn Riggs, Education Consultant, Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative
11:00 AM

iPad Training

  • Brandon Dyer, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

15 min. after the floor

Early Childhood Development

Joint meeting with House Human Services in room 11 on research and practice related to brain development in early childhood and adolescence.

  • Kathi Apgar, Director of Fletcher Allen Health Center, YMCA
  • Barbara Frankowski, M.D., MPH, Prof. of Gen. Pediatrics & Adolescent Med., Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Vermont
  • Breena Holmes, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Department of Health
  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children & Families

Friday, January 20, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Act 46

  • Jon Guiffre, Chair, School Board, Roxbury Village School
11:00 AM

H.15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of Bill
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Timothy Briglin, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Charles Conquest, Sponsor of Bill
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

2:00 PM

Governor's 2017 Budget Address


Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

School Choice

  • Mary Collins, Student, Lyndon Institute
  • Angela Kubicke, Student, Lyndon Institute
  • Jasmine Whittaker, Student, Riverside School
10:00 AM

No Committee Meeting

11:00 AM

H.15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

Also H.7

  • Douglas Korb, Chair, School Board, Marlboro Elementary School
  • Dan MacArthur, School Board Member, Marlboro Elementary School
  • Lauren Poster, School Board Member, Marlboro Elementary School
11:45 AM

Act 46

  • Richard Werner, School Board Member, Windham Central Supervisory Union
  • Joseph Winrich, School Board Chair, Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Teacher Health Care Insurance

  • Mark Hage, Member Benefits Director, Vermont-NEA/VEHI
  • Laura Soares, Chair, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
2:30 PM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
3:30 PM

Act 46

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Act 46

  • Deborah Clark, Business Manager, Lamoille North Supervisory Union
  • Marilyn Frederick, Act 46 Consultant, Lamoille North Supervisory Union
  • Catherine Gallagher, Superintendent, Lamoille North Supervisory Union
  • John Pandolfo, Superintendent, Barre Supervisory Union
10:00 AM

Act 46

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
11:00 AM

Governor's Education Finance Proposals

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Autism Awareness Day

  • Philip Eller, Co-Chair, Vermont Autism Task Force
2:30 PM

Disability Awareness

  • Peter Kriff, Executive Director, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Susan Yuan, Secretary, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council

Friday, January 27, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.1 - An act relating to the determination of average daily membership for the 2016–2017 school year and equalized pupil count for fiscal year 2018

Vote

Next

Act 46

  • David Cain, School Board Member, Folsom Education and Community Center
  • David C. Carter, Retired Attorney, South Hero
  • Melanie Henderson, South Hero K-8 Sub-Committee Chair, Folsom Education and Community Center
11:00 AM

Results Based Accountability

Agency of Education use of RBA

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Walk through

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:45 PM

Prekindergarten Education

Walk through of Act 166 (2014)

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Mental Health Advocacy Day

  • Todd Bauman, Director of Children and Family Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
  • Matt Habedank, Children's Behavior Services Program Manager, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
  • Danielle Lindley, Parent Child Center Program Manager, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

IT Training for the Committee

Follow up

3:00 PM

Act 46

  • Mark Clough, Chair, Peacham School Board
  • Margaret MacLean, Chair, Peacham Act 46 Study Committee

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Kathi Apgar, Director of Early Childhood Programs, YMCA
  • Jen Horwitz, Director of Research and Policy, Let's Grow Kids
10:00 AM

FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
11:00 AM

Act 46

  • Suzanne Hull-Parent, School Board Member, Enosburg Falls School District
  • Jason McConnell, Board Member, Sheldon Elementary School
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Thursday, February 2, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation

SWIFT Program

  • Karin Edwards, Director, Integrated Support for Learning, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Sarah Squirrell, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures
10:30 AM

Act 46

  • Rick Gordon, Director, Compass School
11:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Walk through of new draft

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:45 AM

Designated Schools

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • John Pandolfo, Superintendent, Barre Supervisory Union
  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
4:15 PM

S.1 - An act relating to the determination of average daily membership for the 2016–2017 school year and equalized pupil count for fiscal year 2018

Poirier Amendment. Committee discussion.


Friday, February 3, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.1 - An act relating to the determination of average daily membership for the 2016–2017 school year and equalized pupil count for fiscal year 2018

Poirier Amendment

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Sponsor of amendment
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Act 77

  • Peter Antinozzi, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Adam Bunting, Principal, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Elora Buscher, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Thomas Daley, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Peter Trombley, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Special Education

DMC special education project

  • Ned Kirsch, Superintendent, Franklin West Supervisory Union
  • Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Chittenden South Supervisory Union
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Criminal record checks

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families
3:30 PM

Vermont PBS

  • Holly Groschner, President and CEO, Vermont Public Television

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Ethics Training

House Chamber

10:00 AM

H.15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

  • Francis Russell, Board Member, Rochester School
10:30 AM

S.33 - An act relating to the Rozo McLaughlin Farm-to-School Program

  • Given C., Student, Twinfield Union School District
  • Kiara Haskins, Student, Twinfield Union School District
  • Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director, Vermont FEED
  • Jamie Spector, Teacher, Maplehill School, Plainfield
11:00 AM

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Special Education

  • Lana Metayer, Parent, Essex Junction
  • Kirsten St. Louis, Parent, Starksboro
2:30 PM

Education Finance

  • Rep. Scott Beck, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:30 PM

Bill Introductions

Rep, Haas with H. 156, Rep. Wright with H. 98, Rep. Till with H. 100, Rep. Rachelson with H. 114, Rep. Greshin with H. 41, Rep. Hill with H. 122

  • Adam Greshin, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Sandy Haas, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Matthew Hill, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Kurt Wright, Sponsor of Bill

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Hannah Brown, Vice President, Future Business Leaders of America
  • Hannah Pandya, Parliamentarian, Future Business Leaders of America
  • Andrew Parkinson, Historian, Future Business Leaders of America
10:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Act 77 Dual Enrollment Report, Agency of Education

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Education Equity

  • Chuck Armentrout, Resident, Rupert
  • Melanie Cole, Resident, Rupert
2:30 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Friday, February 10, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Paul Behrman, Director, Champlain Valley Head Start
  • Marianne Miller, Director, Head Start, Capstone Community Action
11:00 AM

Bill Introductions

Rep. Frenier with H. 161, Rep. Sullivan with H. 49, Rep. Scheuermann with H. 117

  • Rep. Robert Frenier, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, Sponsor of Bill

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Miscellaneous Education Bill

Proposals from the Agency of Education.

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

Early Childhood Development

Joint Hearing with House Human Services - Room 11

  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children & Families

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

University of Vermont

  • Thomas Sullivan, President, University of Vermont
10:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Up for Learning and Act 77

  • Asia Bernatchy, Student, Twinfield Union School District
  • Henry Burke, Student, Cabot School
  • Grace Ecklund Gustavson, Student, Union-32 High School
  • Caleb Quittner, Student, Twinfield Union School District
  • Dorothy Whalen, Student, Hazen Union High School
10:30 AM

Recovery Day

  • Amy Boyd-Austin, Director, Collegiate Recovery on Campus
  • Brandy Cheney, Youth Coordinator, Turning Point Center, Springfield
11:00 AM

Adult Education

  • William Lucci, Assistant Director for Adult Technical Education, Stafford Technical Center, Rutland
11:15 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Debra Taylor, Superintendent, Rutland Central Supervisory Union
11:30 AM

Lunch

12:00 PM

Resilience

The biology of stress and the science of hope - film in room 11

1:15 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Committee bill walk through

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

H.509 - An act relating to calculating statewide education tax rates

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Afterschool Programs

  • Carlen Finn, Executive Director, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Thara Fuller, Afterschool Programs Director, Windham Central Supervisory Union
  • Carol Lizotte, After School and Summer Programs Director, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
  • Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Election of Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, and Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Act 46

  • David Baker, Superintendent, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
3:45 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 17, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Students from Green Mountain Technology and Career Center

11:00 AM

Community High School of Vermont

  • Troy McAllister, Acting Head of School, Department of Corrections
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

Agency of Education

FY2018 Agency Budget

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
3:30 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Robin Stromgren, Bennington Regional Coordinator, Building Bright Futures

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Robert Travers, Director, Center for Technology, Essex
9:30 AM

Community High School of Vermont

  • Kim Bushey, Program Services Director, Department of Corrections
  • Dana Lesperance, Assistant Head of School, Department of Corrections
  • Troy McAllister, Acting Head of School, Department of Corrections
10:00 AM

Special Education

  • Dianne Clouet, Teacher, Brattleboro Union High School
  • Lillian Dean, Teacher, Burlington School District
  • Patrick Gordon, Teacher, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Anne Koplinka-Loehr, Teacher, Brattleboro Union High School
  • Katie McCann, Teacher, Union-32 High School
11:00 AM

S.87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Patricia Komline, Vermont Independent Schools Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
2:30 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Including an overview of the dual enrollment program

  • Natalie Searle, Director of Secondary Education Initiatives, Community College of Vermont
  • Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic and Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges
3:30 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children & Families

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

Special Education

  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
11:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Cold Hollow Career Center students: Jessie Paron, Hunter Boylan-Robinson, Abby Fadden, Deanna McAllister, Alexys Tipper, Allison Parent

  • Nathan Demar, Director, Cold Hollow Career Center
  • Sarah Jo Willey, Business Instructor, Cold Hollow Career Center
12:00 PM

Vermont Business Roundtable

Meeting at the Capitol Plaza

1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
2:30 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Rob Reade, Prekindergarten Director, Samuel Morey Elementary School
3:00 PM

Act 46

  • Jay Denault, Former School Board Chair, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
3:30 PM

Act 46

Alternative structures

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education
4:00 PM

Association of Independent Colleges

Cedar Creek Room


Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

  • Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors
10:30 AM

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 State Budget

FY2018 Agency Budget

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
1:15 PM

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 State Budget

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • Paige Hiller, Board Chair, Woodstock Elementary School
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

After caucus

Act 77

  • Haley Breese, Student, Mount Anthony Union Middle School
  • Kyle Hurley, Student, Mount Anthony Union Middle School
  • Chris MaGuire, Associate Principal, Mount Anthony Union Middle School
  • Amy Moriarity, Teacher, Mount Anthony Union Middle School
  • Susan Sgorbatti, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College
  • David Wellspeak, Student, Mount Anthony Union Middle School
2:30 PM

Vermont State Colleges

  • Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
3:30 PM

H.239 - An act relating to withdrawal from a union high school district

  • Rep. Michael Hebert, Sponsor of Bill

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 State Budget

11:30 AM

Community High School of Vermont

  • John Howe, Corrections Educator, Community High School of Vermont
  • Mary Poulos, Regional Special Educator, Community High School of Vermont
  • Jeanne Smith, Literary Specialist, Community High School of Vermont
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Special Education

Teachers hosted by Vermont NEA

  • Martha Allen, President, Vermont National Education Association
  • Abbie Bowker, Teacher, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Candace Crosby-Rogers, Teacher, Marion W. Cross School
  • Erin Galligan-Baldwin, Teacher, Union-32
  • Brittany Lovejoy, Teacher, Eden Central School
  • Betsy Nolan, Teacher, Edmunds Elementary School
  • Megan Norman, Teacher, North Country Union High School

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

Mr. Zengilowski is also Vice President of the Renaissance School.

  • Paul Zengilowski, Vice President, Heartworks
10:00 AM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

Impromptu testimony in the context of committee planning discussion

  • Amy Shollenberger, Lobbyist, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
10:30 AM

Adult Education

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Jess DeCarolis, Education Division Director, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

Special Education

  • Karen Price, Director of Family Support, Vermont Family Network
  • Kelly Wilkins, Parent, Waterbury
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Friday, March 3, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 State Budget

Committee discussion


Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

The General Assembly is on break for the week
of Town Meeting.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool
3:30 PM

Community High School of Vermont

  • Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections
  • Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Jess DeCarolis, Education Division Director, Agency of Education
11:45 AM

H.304 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.304 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

Committee discussion


Thursday, March 16, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Outright Vermont

10:00 AM

H.504 - An act relating to career technical education, special education, and education weightings

Draft 3.1

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:30 AM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Draft 3.1

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families
11:30 AM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool
After the floor

H.304 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Karen Horn, Director Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

Friday, March 17, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.270 - An act relating to increasing expanded learning opportunities

  • Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

H.304 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

  • Jay Diaz, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont
12:30 PM

H.304 - An act relating to making changes to the calculation of the statewide education property tax

1:30 PM

H.509 - An act relating to calculating statewide education tax rates

Draft 3.2

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:15 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Committee discussion


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:30 PM

Caucuses and Lunch

After lunch

FLOOR


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Community High School of Vermont

  • Andrew Gonyea, Student, Community High School of Vermont
  • Morgan Irons, Advocate, Community High School of Vermont
  • Earle Rogers, Student, Community High School of Vermont
  • Laird Stanard, Student, Community High School of Vermont
10:00 AM

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
11:00 AM

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

Community High School of Vermont

Proposed language

  • Rep. Lawrence Cupoli
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Thursday, March 23, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • Kate Abbott, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
  • Martha Allen, President, Vermont National Education Association
  • Robyn Freedner-Maguire, Campaign Director, Let's Grow Kids
  • Lori Pinsonneault, Sunrise Family Resource Center
  • Jim Squires, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education Research
12:00 PM

Community High School of Vermont

Committee discussion

1:00 PM

Act 46 Update

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education
2:00 PM

Act 46

  • William Anton, Superintendent, Windham Central Supervisory Union
  • George Blakeslee, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Northeast Kingdom Choice School District
  • Michael Clark, Superintendent, Kingdom East School District
  • Celeste Girrell, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Kingdom East School District
  • Tisha Hankinson, Business Manager, Kingdom East School District
  • Tammy Heffernan, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Mill River Unified Union School District
  • Biff Mahoney, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Kingdom East School District
  • Chris Masson, Superintendent, Northeast Kingdom Choice School District
  • Jim Peyton, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Kingdom East School District
  • Cynthia Stuart, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Kingdom East School District
  • Kasey Talbot, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Kingdom East School District
  • Richard Werner, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Windham Central Supervisory Union
  • Joseph Winrich, Member, Act 46 Study Committee, Windham Central Supervisory Union
  • David Younce, Superintendent, Mill River Unified Union School District
3:15 PM

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
4:00 PM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention


Friday, March 24, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.517 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families
Next

Education Finance

Committee discussion on the PreK-12 Educational Spending Study Committee bill language


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

H.509 - An act relating to calculating statewide education tax rates

  • Rep. Johannah Donovan, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
10:00 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

FLOOR


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Michael Hebert
10:00 AM

Act 46

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Rep. Charles Conquest
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

2nd reading of H.518, the Budget


Friday, March 31, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

3rd reading of H.518, the Budget


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Sen. Philip Baruth, Chair, Senate Committee on Education
10:00 AM

FLOOR

10:20 AM

Caucuses

After caucuses

FLOOR

After the floor

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
2:30 PM

S.18 - An act relating to freedom of expression for students

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Donoghue, Executive Director, Vermont Press Association
  • Chris Evans, Assistant Director for Student Media, University of Vermont
  • Heather Lynn, Attorney, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
  • Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
  • Alexandre Silberman, Student Editor, The Register, Burlington High School
  • Peter Teachout, Professor, Vermont Law School
5:30 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

Public hearing in room 11.

  • Liz Adams, Putney
  • Alison Anand, Richmond
  • Amy Braun, Rochester
  • John Castle, Superintendent, North Country Supervisory Union
  • Susan Clark, Middlesex
  • Jay Denault, Franklin
  • Flor Diaz Smith, East Montpelier
  • Akara Draper, Dummerston
  • Myra Ellingwood, Lemington
  • Sharon Ellingwood While, Lemington
  • Laura Fillbach, Calais
  • Lynette Gallipo, Rutland Town
  • John Gannon, Wilmington
  • Erik Goodling, Strafford
  • Edith Gould, Putney
  • Bud Haas, Bradford
  • Lisa Hanna, Worcester
  • Melanie Henderson, South Hero
  • Andrew Julow, North Hero
  • Rick Kehne, Calais
  • David Kelley, Greensboro
  • Dan MacArthur, Marlboro
  • Jenny Mackenzie, Peacham
  • Margaret MacLean, Peacham
  • Steve Mason, Lowell
  • Tim McKay, Peacham
  • Mike Metcalf, Greensboro
  • Chris Miele, Ludlow
  • Tim Murphy, Royalton
  • Judy Murray, Wells River
  • Rachel Navaro, Reading
  • Dorothy Naylor, Calais
  • Dan Normandeau, Dummerston
  • Jody Normandeau, Dummerston
  • Carin Park, Barnard
  • Jessica Philippe, Peacham
  • Dottye Ricks, Barre Town
  • Bruce Sterling, Westminster
  • Debra Stoleroff, Plainfield
  • Randall Szott, Barnard
  • Debra Taylor, Superintendent, Rutland Central Supervisory Union
  • Rory Thibault, Cabot
  • Scott Thompson, Calais
  • Linda Treash, Barnard
  • Chrissy Wade, Waterville

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.41 - An act relating to eliminating sitting legislators as members of the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College and increasing the number of private board members

  • David Daigle, Chair, Board of Trustees, University of Vermont
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Finner, Senior Consultant, United Academics
  • Adam Greshin, Sponsor of Bill
10:00 AM

Licensure Requirements

Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) Rule changes submitted to LCAR on December 13, 2016

  • Debora Price, Director, Educator Quality, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Amendments from the Agency of Education

  • Tom Green, President, Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Timothy Briglin, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Charles Conquest, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. James Masland, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Catherine Toll, Sponsor of Bill
10:30 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lisa Durstin, Speech Language Pathologist, Vermont Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Patricia Prelock , Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont
  • Debora Price, Director, Educator Quality, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
2:30 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Geo Honigford, Member, South Royalton School Board
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education

Friday, April 7, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Adult Education

Meeting in room 11 to hear students from Vermont Adult Learning. Testimony of Ms. Hewitt was presented by Lynn Bondurant, Coordinator, 3 Steps Forward.

  • Caitlin Charles, Student, Rutland County
  • Liam Ferguson, Student, Rutland County
  • Janelle Hewitt, Student, Rutland County
  • Pixie Loomis, Executive Director, Vermont Adult Learning
  • Kyriona Quelch , Student, Ludlow
  • Todd Remick, Student, Chittenden County
  • Maung Maung Thein, Student, Chittenden County
1:00 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Michael Clark, Superintendent, Kingdom East School District
  • Jeanne Collins, Superintendent, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
  • Krista Huling, Chair, State Board of Education
  • Jay Nichols, Superintendent, Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union
  • David Younce, Superintendent, Mill River Unified Union School District

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

Lefebvre Amendment

  • Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Sponsor of amendment
12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus

2:30 PM

New England Board of Higher Education

  • Michael Thomas, President and CEO, New England Board of Higher Education
3:00 PM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lisa Estivill, Director, CHOICE Academy, Washington County Mental Health Services
  • David Rice, Education Coordinator, CHOICE Academy, Washington County Mental Health Services
3:30 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

New England Board of Higher Education Reception


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.135 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Section E.

  • Patricia Moulton, President, Vermont Technical College
10:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Erik Goodling, School Board Chair, Strafford
  • David Kelley, School Board Member, Hazen Union High School
  • Mike Metcalf, Retired Educator, Greensboro
10:30 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Martha Heath, Former Representative, Westford
11:30 AM

S.135 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Michele Kupersmith, Workforce, Education and Training Coordinator, Department of Labor
1:00 PM

FLOOR

4:00 PM

TBD

Screening of Bess O'Brien film in room 11


Thursday, April 13, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • William Griffin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
9:15 AM

Special Education

District Management Group project

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
9:45 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Rep. Susan Buckholz
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
10:30 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

New language from the Agency of Education, David Kelley and Rep. Tim Briglin

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Friday, April 14, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:15 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

FLOOR

During floor recess

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Committee met twice during floor recesses.

  • Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
During floor session

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Sponsor of amendment
  • Emily Simmons, Director of Policy and Legal Services, Vermont School Boards Association
After the floor

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

1:15 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of amendment
  • Peter Clarke, Act 46 Consultant
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Rep. David Yacovone, Sponsor of amendment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Stephen Dale, Act 46 Consultant
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
10:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
11:50 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Committee discussion

12:30 PM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Friday, April 21, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Fingerprinting, high school completion

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Bernard Juskiewicz, House Committee on Appropriations
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

FLOOR

1:15 PM

Democratic, Republican and Progressive Caucuses

2:15 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
4:00 PM

FLOOR


Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Teacher Health Care Insurance

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Laura Soares, President, Vermont Education Health Initiative
11:30 AM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
12:50 PM

S.130 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Vote on Sibilia Amendment

1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
5:30 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

Committee Discussion

10:00 AM

S.122 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers

  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment

Friday, April 28, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Sandy Haas, Sponsor of amendment
9:15 AM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
9:30 AM

FLOOR

1:45 PM

Prekindergarten Education

  • Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families

Monday, May 1, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Progressive and Republican Caucuses

1:15 PM

Democratic Caucus


Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Thursday, May 4, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Friday, May 5, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:45 PM

H.513 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Committee of conference report and State Board of Education rules on alternative structures


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

9:15 AM

Teacher Health Care Insurance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

FLOOR


Thursday, May 11, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

TBD


Friday, May 12, 2017
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

TBD


Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

After the floor

Civics Education

  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Joe Foss Institute
  • Lucian Spataro, Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Joe Foss Institute
1:00 PM

Caucuses

Rooms 10 and 11

After caucus

Act 166

Joint meeting with House Human Services and Senate Education in room 11.

  • Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

2:00 PM

Governor's State of the State Address

Joint Assembly - House Chamber


Friday, January 5, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

After the floor

Post Secondary Education

70x2025VT

  • Tom Cheney, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
11:00 AM

Special Education

Report of the District Management Group

  • Nathan Levenson, President, District Management Group
12:15 PM

Joint Fiscal Office Update

Tax Briefing in room 10


Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

House Chamber

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Special Education

Joint meeting in room 11 with Senate Education

  • Tammy Kolbe, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Special Education

  • Dylan McNamara, Co-Director of Student Support Services, Essex Westford School District
  • Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Champlain Valley School District
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
10:00 AM

Updates and Priorities

Vermont State Board of Education

  • John Carroll, Member, State Board of Education
  • Krista Huling, Chair, State Board of Education
  • Peter Peltz, Member, State Board of Education
11:00 AM

H.633 - An act relating to fiscal year 2018 budget adjustments

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

H.633 - An act relating to fiscal year 2018 budget adjustments

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:15 PM

Security Briefing

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
  • Matthew S. Romei, Chief of Police, Capitol Police Department
3:00 PM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Kaj Samson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Education Finance

Education Outlook

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:15 AM

Workforce Development

  • Grant Spates, Spates Construction, Inc.
11:00 AM

Vermont State Colleges

Update

  • Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.633 - An act relating to fiscal year 2018 budget adjustments

Committee discussion - revised memo responding to House Appropriations

Next

Education Finance

Update on Federal Funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

  • Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Special Education

  • Karin Edwards, Director, Integrated Support for Learning, Agency of Education
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Cindy Moran, State Director of Special Education, Agency of Education
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
12:15 PM

Tax Workshop

Income taxes and federal tax reform in room 10


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Act 77

Report on Dual Enrollment

  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Career and Technical Education

Joint meeting with House Commerce in room 11

  • Oscar Aliaga, Career Pathways Coordinator, Agency of Education
  • Heather Bouchey, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Independent Schools

  • Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Independent Schools Study Committee
10:30 AM

Education Finance

  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Personalization and Flexible Pathways, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

H.557 - An act relating to labor relations for teachers and administrators

  • Rep. Martin LaLonde, Sponsor of Bill
11:30 AM

H.621 - An act relating to labor relations for teachers and administrators

  • Rep. Kurt Wright, Sponsor of Bill
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.244 - An act relating to environmental health standards for Vermont schools

  • Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor of Bill
Next

H.541 - An act relating to the creation of the Massachusetts–Vermont Interstate School Compact to facilitate the formation of interstate school districts between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Vermont

  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of Bill

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Special Education

  • Martha Heath, Former Representative, Westford
10:00 AM

Special Education

  • Vicki Wells, Director, Student Support Services, Addison Central Supervisory Union
10:30 AM

School Workers

  • Josh Massey, Representative, AFSCME Council 93
11:00 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Suzanne Dirmaier , UniServ Director, Vermont National Education Association
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Habitat for Humanity

  • Susan Sommer, Executive Director, Bennington County Habitat for Humanity
3:00 PM

Financial Literacy

  • Sabina Haskell, Director of Public Affairs, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • John Pelletier, Director, Center for Financial Literacy, Champlain College
  • Courtney Poquette, Business Instructor, Winooski High School

Friday, January 19, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Advisory Council

Annual report

  • Keri Darling, President, Vermont Association for the Deaf
  • Linda Hazard, Director, Vermont Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program
  • Bill Hudson, State Coordinator, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
  • Monica Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
12:15 PM

Tax Workshop

In room 10 on Sales and Use Tax, Meals and Rooms Tax, and Internet issues

1:30 PM

Educational Health Benefits

  • David Provost, Executive Vice President, Office of Finance and Administration, Middlebury College

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Caucuses

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Governor's FY2019 Budget Address

Joint Assembly - House Chamber

After the Address

Act 77

Dual Enrollment

  • Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic Officer, Vermont State Colleges

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Special Education

  • Brenda Fleming, President, Vermont Association of School Business Officials
10:00 AM

Career and Technical Education

  • Mary Anne Sheahan, Executive Director, Vermont Talent Pipeline Management
  • Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable
11:00 AM

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

  • Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Child Development: Early Learning Challenge Grant

Evaluation and Next Steps
Joint Hearing with House Human Services Committee
Room 11

  • Karin Edwards, Director, Integrated Support for Learning, Pre-K-Grade 8, Agency of Education
  • Breena Holmes MD, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Department of Health
  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Sarah Squirrell, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures
  • Julie Cadwallader Staub, Director, Vermont's Early Learning Challenge Grant, Child Development Div., Dept. for Families and Children
11:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

Reports Repeal Bill

Committee discussion

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tammy Kolbe, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Friday, January 26, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

H.114 - An act relating to portability of Vermont Student Assistance Corporation grants and scholarships

Portability

  • Allison Aguilar, Senior Research Associate, American Federation of Teachers
12:15 PM

Tax Workshop

Education Finance in room 10


Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Independent Schools

Setting tuition rates for approved independent schools

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Nathan Levenson, President, District Management Group
3:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Mark-up of bill

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Mental Health Advocacy Day

  • Matt Habedank, Children's Behavior Services Program Manager, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
  • Tiffany Moore, Director of School Based Services, Washington County Mental Health Services
10:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Marilyn Mahusky, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
11:00 AM

Home Schooling in Vermont

  • Retta Dunlap, Home School Advocate, Vermont Home Education Network
11:30 AM

H.580 - An act relating to trauma-informed policies in educational settings

  • Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Kathryn Webb, Sponsor of Bill
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Mental Health Advocacy Day

  • Kaiya Andrews, Parent, Vermont Family Network
  • Cathleen Francis, Parent, Vermont Family Network
  • Lisa Howarth, Parent, Vermont Family Network
Next

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Sarah Launderville, President, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Marilyn Mahusky, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Kirsten Murphy, Parent, Vermont Development Disabilities Council
  • Karen Price, Director of Family Support, Vermont Family Network
  • Miriam Stoll, Parent, Vermont Development Disabilities Council
  • Crista Yagjian, Parent, Vermont Development Disabilities Council

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

TBD

House Education Committee members attending ceremony at Montpelier High School

10:30 AM

University of Vermont

  • David Daigle, Chair, Board of Trustees, University of Vermont
  • Ron Lumbra, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, University of Vermont
  • Thomas Sullivan, President, University of Vermont
11:30 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Sonja Raymond, Executive Director, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Independent Schools

  • Michael Livingston, Head of School, The Sharon Academy
2:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Shirley Carlson, Director of Special Education Programs, Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union
  • Donarae Dawson, Director of Student Support Services, Harwood Unified Union School District
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
3:30 PM

Education Finance

  • Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

Friday, February 2, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Katie Brown, Executive Director, Champlain Islands Parent Child Center
  • Sandra Cameron, Early Education Director, Barre Supervisory Union
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
  • Amy Shollenberger, Lobbyist, Vermont Parent Child Center Network
1:00 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Kate Rogers, Early Learning Team Lead, Agency of Education

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Michael Giangreco, Professor of Education, University of Vermont
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Draft 7.1

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

Education Finance

  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 PM

Agency of Education

FY19 Agency budget

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Amanda Gilman-Bogie, Parent, Berlin, VT
  • Jessica Pike, Parent, Plainfield, VT
11:30 AM

Farm to School

  • Lisa Beck, 3rd Grade Teacher, Cornwall School
  • Anore Horton, Acting Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont
  • Jen Kravitz, Principal, Cornwall School
  • Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director, Vermont  FEED
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

H.541 - An act relating to the creation of the Massachusetts–Vermont Interstate School Compact to facilitate the formation of interstate school districts between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Vermont

Joint meeting with Senate Education in room 10

  • Cynthia Lamore, Chair, Stamford School District Board of Directors
  • Jon Lev, Superintendent, North Berkshire School Union
  • Kim Roberts-Morand, Chair, Stamford Interstate Committee

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
10:10 AM

H.792 - An act relating to the creation of a tuition-free scholarship program for Vermont students

  • Rep. Selene Colburn, Sponsor of Bill
10:20 AM

H.793 - An act relating to the requirement to pass a civics test for high school graduation

  • Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Sponsor of Bill
10:30 AM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Rep. Ruqaiyah "Kiah" Morris, Sponsor of Bill
10:40 AM

H.795 - An act relating to the use of funds by school districts and municipalities

  • Rep. Carol Ode, Sponsor of Bill
10:50 AM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Rep. Ruqaiyah "Kiah" Morris, Sponsor of Bill
11:00 AM

H.807 - An act relating to the education spending calculation for the Town of East Montpelier

  • Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Sponsor of Bill
11:10 AM

H.861 - An act relating to the reduction and realignment of supervisory unions

  • Rep. Daniel Noyes, Sponsor of Bill
11:20 AM

H.862 - An act relating to public education innovation zones

  • Rep. Brian Keefe, Sponsor of Bill
11:30 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Sherry Carlson, Senior Director, Vermont Birth to Five
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Next

H.858 - An act relating to establishing a process for the statewide negotiation of health care benefits for school employees

  • Rep. Scott Beck, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Scott Beck, Sponsor of Bill

Friday, February 9, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

School Workers

  • Rebecca Givan, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
10:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • Karin Edwards, Director, Integrated Support for Learning, Pre-K-Grade 8, Agency of Education
11:30 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Paul Behrman, Director, Champlain Valley Head Start
1:15 PM

Public Comments

Senator Bernard Sanders and Ambassador from Germany in room 11

Next

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Next

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Committee discussion

3:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Patti Page, Member, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
10:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Erin Maguire, Executive Director of Student Support Services, Chittenden Central Supervisory Union
10:30 AM

Recovery Day

  • Thomas Brusco, Youth Coordinator, Bennington Recovery Center
  • Nicholas Palmasano, Young person in recovery, Bennington Recovery Center
  • Ken Sigsbury, Director, Bennington Recovery Center
11:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Sandra Cameron, Early Education Director, Barre Supervisory Union
  • Jacquelyn Ramsay-Tolman, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Barre Supervisory Union
11:30 AM

University of Vermont

  • Sarah Kleinman, Director, 4-H Program / UVM Extension
  • Elizabeth Ploof, Volunteer, 4-H Program / UVM Extension
  • Faith Ploof, Participant, 4-H Program / UVM Extension
  • Adaline Ploof, Participant, 4-H Program / UVM Extension
  • Charles Ross Jr., Director, University of Vermont Extension
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Martha Allen, President, Vermont National Education Association
  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

H.580 - An act relating to trauma-informed policies in educational settings

  • Mark Tucker, Superintendent, Washington Northeast Supervisory Union

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Governor's Proposed FY2019 Budget

Committee discussion

9:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Marisa Duncan-Holley, Special Education Director, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Lyle Holiday, Superintendent, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Shelley Wilson, Elementary Coordinator of Special Education, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
10:30 AM

Election of Trustees for the Vermont State Colleges Corporation

Joint Assembly

11:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

4:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Committee discussion


Friday, February 16, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:30 PM

Afterschool Programs

  • Erik Peterson, Vice President, Afterschool Alliance
2:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Champlain Valley School District
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Caucuses

1:30 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Erin Maguire, Executive Director of Student Support Services, Chittenden Central Supervisory Union
  • Patti Page, Member, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
2:30 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
3:30 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
11:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Marielle Blais, Special Services, Otter Valley Union High School
  • Noah Everitt, Special Educator, South Burlington School District
  • Charlene Webster, Special Educator, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
11:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Amanda Garces, Member, Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools
10:30 AM

Workforce Development

  • Marc Sherman, Owner, Stowe Mercantile
  • Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
11:00 AM

Prevention Day

  • Ginny Burley, Prevention Specialist, Central Vermont New Directions Coalition
  • Madison Henderson, Student, Spaulding High School, Barre
  • Jada MacDonald, Student, Spaulding High School, Barre
11:30 AM

School Safety

Committee discussion

1:00 PM

FLOOR

3:00 PM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, February 23, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses and Lunch

1:00 PM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Krista Huling, Chair, State Board of Education
  • Kate Logan, Director of Programming and Policy, Rights and Democracy
2:00 PM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

  • Robert Bliss, Assistant Superintendent, Rutland City School District
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
  • Kate Rogers, Early Learning Team Lead, Agency of Education
3:00 PM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Matthew Koucky, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Hana Nazerali-Ruddy, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Hope Petraro, Student, Montpelier High School

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Committee discussion

10:00 AM

H. - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Committee discussion

10:30 AM

H.919 - An act relating to workforce development

  • Rep. Matthew Hill, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
11:30 PM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association
11:45 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Report from House Committee on Appropriations meeting

  • Rep. Peter Conlon
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

Disability Awareness Day

  • Martha Frank, Family Support Consultant, Parent Child Center Network
  • Paul Lascelles, Grandparent
Next

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Rep. Scott Beck, Sponsor

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Education Finance

  • Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, Agency of Education
  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Personalization and Flexible Pathways, Agency of Education
9:30 PM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

Mr. Mahnke will provide testimony from his son, Zev Mahnke, who graduated from Burlington City schools and now lives out-of-state.

  • Julie Hansen, Head of School, Thaddeus Stevens School
  • Erhard Mahnke, Parent
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Friday, March 2, 2018
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9:00 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

Committee discussion

10:30 AM

FLOOR


Monday, March 12, 2018
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1:00 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Paul Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute
  • Nancy Cobden, President, Vermont Retired Educators Association
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Noon

Lunch and Caucuses

2:00 PM

FLOOR

4:15 PM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:30 AM

Prekindergarten Education

Joint meeting with House Human Services in room 11

  • Sarah Squirrell, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures
  • Carolyn Wesley, Deputy Director, Building Bright Futures
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Thursday, March 15, 2018
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9:00 AM

H.871 - An act relating to the term of service for district officers of a union school district or unified union district

  • Rep. Daniel Connor, Sponsor of Bill
9:20 AM

H.873 - An act relating to amending the excess spending calculation

  • Rep. Selene Colburn, Sponsor of Bill
9:40 AM

H.888 - An act relating to creating a pilot program for the Universal Children’s Higher Education Savings Account Program

  • Rep. Diane Lanpher, Sponsor of Bill
10:30 AM

Judicial Retention

Joint Assembly

11:15 AM

Vermont Arts Council

  • Karen Mittelman, Executive Director, Vermont Arts Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

4:10 PM

Prekindergarten Education

Committee discussion


Friday, March 16, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:15 PM

H.879 - An act relating to the administration of federally funded workforce education and training programs

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Krista Huling, Chair, State Board of Education
1:15 PM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Rep. Scott Beck, Sponsor of amendment
Next

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Committee discussion


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

Amendments

  • Rep. Mark Higley, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor of amendment
10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Caucuses and Lunch

After lunch

FLOOR

3:00 PM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of amendment

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

School Safety

  • Robert Bliss, Assistant Superintendent, Rutland City School District
9:15 AM

School Safety

  • Jennifer Pimentel, Resident, Berlin, Vermont
9:30 AM

H.834 - An act relating to school suspensions

  • Peter Trombley, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School
9:45 AM

H.98 - An act relating to the elimination of strikes and imposed terms in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts and the formation of a task force

  • Amelia Charbonneau, Student, South Burlington High School
10:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Amendment

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Amendments

  • Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Brian Cina, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Brian Cina, Sponsor of amendment
11:30 AM

H.911 - An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Donald Turner, Sponsor of amendment, Sponsor of Amendment
12:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:30 PM

School Safety

Sign up outside room 11 for students who wish to testify

3:00 PM

School Safety

Student hearing with Senate Education in room 11, 3 PM to 5 PM

  • Nasteha Abudullahi, Student, Burlington High School
  • Greta Alexander Parker, Student, Essex Westford School District
  • Narges Anzali, Student, Middlebury Middle School
  • Callahan Beck, Member, State Board of Education
  • Sabina Brochu, Student, Williston Central School
  • Chloe Clark, Student, Middlebury Union High School
  • Wren Colwell, Student, Middlebury Union High School
  • Nicholas Colwell, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Sarah Evans, Student, Stowe Middle School
  • Amelia Fifield, Student, Hartford High School
  • Hannah Fraser, Student, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Syd Frolick, Student, Essex Westford School District
  • Liam Frye, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Arianna Graham Gurland, Student, Middlebury Middle School
  • Nicolas Hanna, Student, Essex Westford School District
  • Dahlia Harrison Irving, Student, Middlebury Middle School
  • Alaena Hunt, Student, Stowe Middle School
  • Ian Keene, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Madeleine Knopf, Student, Hartford High School
  • Willa Lane, Student, Union-32 High School
  • Rowyn Leitch, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Hazel Macmillian, Student, Harwood Union High School
  • Jackson Markow, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Cameron Mueller-Harder , Student, Cabot School
  • Oskar Neuburger, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Hope Petraro, Student, Montpelier High School
  • Emma Pope McCright, Student, Middlebury Union High School
  • Sophie Pope McCright, Student, Middlebury Union High School
  • Connor Solimano, Member, State Board of Education
  • Zanevia Wilcox, Student, Burlington High School
  • Sylvan Williams, Student, Union-32 High School
  • Willa Yonkman, Student, Harwood Union High School

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.879 - An act relating to the administration of federally funded workforce education and training programs

  • Rep. Brian Cina, Sponsor of amendment
11:15 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Jennifer Papillo, Associate General Counsel, University of Vermont
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

TBD


Friday, March 23, 2018
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses and Lunch


Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Educational Health Benefits

Report of the Vermont Educational Health Benefits Commission

  • Clarke Collins, Benefits Director, Vermont Department of Human Resources
  • Suzanne Dirmaier , UniServ Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Brenda Fleming, Director of Business and Finance, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
  • Mark Hage, Member Benefits Director, Vermont-NEA
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • John Pandolfo, Superintendent, Barre Supervisory Union
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Laura Soares, President, Vermont Education Health Initiative
1:00 PM

FLOOR

30 min. aft the floor

Educational Health Benefits

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • David Van Deusen, Staff Representative, AFSCME Council 93

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.793 - An act relating to the requirement to pass a civics test for high school graduation

  • Carlen Finn, Executive Director, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Carlen Finn, Executive Director, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Rep. Ruqaiyah "Kiah" Morris, Sponsor of Bill
  • Rep. Ruqaiyah "Kiah" Morris, Sponsor of Bill
10:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Health care benefits for UVM employees

  • Richard Cate, Interim VP Finance & Administration, University of Vermont
  • Stephen Finner, Senior Consultant, United Academics
  • Michael Fisher, Chief Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vt. Legal Aid
  • Phil Keller, Director of Insurance Regulation, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Stephen Wisloski, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont State Colleges
11:00 AM

Afterschool Programs

  • Amy Shollenberger, Lobbyist, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
11:30 AM

Education Finance

  • Scott Thompson, Board Member, Union-32 High School
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Friday, March 30, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Walk through

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses and Lunch

1:00 PM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
2:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
  • Beth Peloquin, Independent Early Education Consultant, Westford, VT
  • Andrea Racek, Early Childhood Coordinator, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
  • Rebecca Ryan, Senior Director, Health Promotion and Public Policy, American Lung Association of the Northeast
  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
3:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Tanya Marshall, State Archivist and Director, VT State Archives & Records Administration
3:30 PM

H.794 - An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools

  • Amanda Garces, Coordinator, Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

School Safety

  • Robert Evans, Manager of Organizational Assessment & K12 Services, Margolis Healy
  • Emily Harris, Northeast Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
10:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Dual enrollment for technical center students, PreK ADM count

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Personalization and Flexible Pathways, Agency of Education
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Kristen Carris, Benefits Manager, University of Vermont Medical Center
11:15 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Prekindergarten

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
11:30 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Civics education

  • Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Sponsor of Bill
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:30 PM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Mark Hage, Member Benefits Director, Vermont-NEA

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Proficiency Based Learning

  • Amy Cole, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instructional Innovation, Essex Westford School District
  • Austin Emmons, Student, Bellows Free Academy Fairfax
  • Pat Fitzsimmons, Proficiency-Based Learning Team Leader, Agency of Education
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Andre LaChance, Teacher, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Hunter Myers, Student, Bellows Free Academy Fairfax
  • John Pelletier, Resident, Stowe
  • Michael Ruppel, Teacher, Springfield High School
  • Rob Schulze, Assistant Professor, Northern Vermont University
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Next

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Draft 6.1 walk through

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 6, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

After the floor

Vermont Municipal Bond Bank

  • Michael Gaughan, Executive Director, Vermont Municipal Bond Bank
Next

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Committee discussion


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses and Lunch

2:30 PM

Education Cost Containment

  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
3:30 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section 10, Prekindergarten

  • Sandra Cameron, Act 166 Regional Coordinator, Winooski Valley Superintendents Region
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services
  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Kate Rogers, Early Learning Team Lead, Agency of Education
  • Sarah Squirrell, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section 11, Licensing for career and technical education center teachers

  • Jeff Burroughs, Assistant Headmaster, St. Johnsbury Academy
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Patrick Guckin, Director, St. Johnsbury Academy Technical Center
  • Eileen Illuzzi, Director, North Country Career Center
  • Glenn Olson, Director, Stafford Technical Center, Rutland
  • Debora Price, Director, Educator Quality, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

S.229 - An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools

  • Patricia Komline, Lobbyist, Vermont Independent Schools Association
  • Randi Kulis, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union
  • Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, MMR Legal Services
  • Mark Tucker, Superintendent, Washington Northeast Supervisory Union
  • Jackie Wilson, Superintendent, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After bill signing

Committee Discussion


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section 11, Licensing for career and technical education center teachers.

  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Maureen Hebert, Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Vermont Technical College
  • Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education
10:45 AM

S.229 - An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools

  • Stephanie Betit-Hancock, Director of Special Education Programs, Windham Central Supervisory Union
11:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section 10, Prekindergarten

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Next

S.229 - An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
  • Jo-Anne Unruh, former Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
4:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Walk through for draft 10.1

  • James DesMarais, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 13, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Next

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section on radon

  • David Grass, Chief, Environmental Health Surveillance, Department of Health
  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
11:30 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Walk through for draft 11.1

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

S.261 - An act relating to ensuring a coordinated public health approach to addressing childhood adversity and promoting resilience

  • Rep. Sandy Haas, House Committee On Human Services
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses and Lunch

1:30 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Proposed language on self-insurance by public institution of higher education

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Walk through draft 12.1

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Sections on PreK and ELO

  • Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Personalization and Flexible Pathways, Agency of Education
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Language on self-insurance by public institution of higher education

  • Stephen Wisloski, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont State Colleges
11:00 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Russell Leete, Member, AFSCME Council 93
  • David Van Deusen, Staff Representative, AFSCME Council 93
11:30 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Draft 13.1

  • James DesMarais, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

3:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Section on radon

  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.261 - An act relating to ensuring a coordinated public health approach to addressing childhood adversity and promoting resilience

House Education Committee amendment

  • Paul Dragon, Director of Policy and Planning, Agency of Human Services
  • Tom Faris, Multi-tiered System of Supports Coordinator, Agency of Education
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Kathy Hentcy, Mental Health & Health Care Integration Director, Department of Mental Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Chuck Myers, Executive Director, Northeastern Family Institute
  • Martha Straus, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, Antioch of New England
  • Tracy Watterson, Multi-tiered System of Supports Program Manager, Agency of Education
11:30 AM

Special Olympics Day

  • Sue Minter, President and CEO, Special Olympics Vermont
  • Daeton Orton, Special Olympics Athlete, Special Olympics Vermont
  • Erin Robillard, Unified Champion Schools Coordinator, Special Olympics Vermont
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:15 PM

S.261 - An act relating to ensuring a coordinated public health approach to addressing childhood adversity and promoting resilience

  • Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association
4:00 PM

Educational Health Benefits

Joint meeting with House Health Care in room 10

  • Richard Cate, Interim VP Finance & Administration, University of Vermont
  • Phil Keller, Director of Insurance Regulation, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jennifer Papillo, Associate General Counsel, University of Vermont
  • Stephen Wisloski, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont State Colleges

Friday, April 20, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:30 AM

H.27 - An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecutions for sexual assault

Senate proposal of amendment. Committee discussion

11:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Prekindergarten and school safety

  • Donna Bailey, Co-Director, Addison County Parent Child Center
  • Paul Behrman, Director, Champlain Valley Head Start
  • Claire Kendall, Co-Director, Family Center of Washington County, Parent Child Center Network
  • Andrew Sambrook, Owner, Annette's Pre-School

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

1:00 PM

Education Cost Containment

  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
2:30 PM

H.858 - An act relating to establishing a process for the statewide negotiation of health care benefits for school employees

Walk through

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

Caucuses


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.261 - An act relating to ensuring a coordinated public health approach to addressing childhood adversity and promoting resilience

Draft 1.1

  • Kathy Hentcy, Mental Health & Health Care Integration Director, Department of Mental Health
  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
9:30 AM

H.858 - An act relating to establishing a process for the statewide negotiation of health care benefits for school employees

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Laura Soares, President, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
  • Tracy Wrend, Board Chair, Vermont Education Health Initiative
10:00 AM

H.27 - An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecutions for sexual assault

Senate version

  • Susan Ceglowski, Director of Legal and Policy Services, Vermont School Boards Association
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Brenda Gooley, Senior Policy and Operations Manager, Department for Children and Families
  • Jean-Paul Sinclair, Chief Criminal Investigator, Department of Public Safety
  • Timothy Vincent, Multi-line Program Manager, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
11:30 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Next

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Committee discussion

  • Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Sponsor of amendment
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Kathryn Webb, Sponsor of amendment

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
10:15 AM

S.261 - An act relating to ensuring a coordinated public health approach to addressing childhood adversity and promoting resilience

  • Rep. Kathryn Webb, Sponsor of amendment
1:00 PM

FLOOR

After the floor

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Next

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 27, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

12:45 PM

Caucuses and Lunch

1:45 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Chloe Wexler, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:00 PM

FLOOR


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Patricia Komline, Lobbyist, Vermont Independent Schools Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
Next

FLOOR


Thursday, May 3, 2018
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • Susan Aranoff, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Daniel R. Sharpe, Attorney, Dinse
11:30 AM

Educational Health Benefits

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:30 PM

FLOOR


Friday, May 4, 2018
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 PM

FLOOR

Next

TBD


Monday, May 7, 2018
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
1:00 PM

FLOOR


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

H.897 - An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
9:30 AM

H.924 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

  • Emily Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Education Finance

  • Heather Bouchey, Acting Secretary, Agency of Education
Next

H.675 - An act relating to conditions of release prior to trial

  • Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

FLOOR


Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

  • Rep. Daniel Connor, Sponsor of amendment
  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Michael Hebert, Co-sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Vicki Strong, Co-sponsor of amendment
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:30 AM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Amendments

  • Rep. Bernard Juskiewicz, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Ann Pugh, Sponsor of amendment
  • Rep. Catherine Toll, Sponsor of amendment
1:15 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Amendment

  • James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:30 PM

FLOOR

Next

Caucuses

3:15 PM

S.257 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Amendment

  • Rep. Daniel Connor, Sponsor of amendment

Friday, May 11, 2018
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Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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10:00 AM

FLOOR

After the Floor

Education Fund

  • Peter Langella, Librarian, Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
1:00 PM

Education Fund Proposal

Joint meeting with House Ways and Means and House Appropriations in room 11.

  • Heather Bouchey, Acting Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
2:35 PM

Education Fund Update

Second joint meeting with House Appropriations in room 11

  • Deb Brighton, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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10:00 AM

House Floor

After the Floor

S.3 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

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

Friday, June 22, 2018
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9:00 AM

H.16 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government, financing education, and vital records

Room 11 with House Appropriations and Ways & Means
BUDGET, TAX AND EDUCATION FINANCE BILL