March 31, 2024 1:08 pm

Column: Vermont should stop sending public money to private schools

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Private schools can pick and choose who they accept, effectively taking public dollars but refusing to educate the public’s children. In private schools, faculty do not need to be certified in their field or be licensed by the state to teach. Private schools are not required to publish assessment results or other accountability factors. Employees of private schools are not protected by collective bargaining agreements and often have weak benefits. The citizens who pay the bill for these students do not get to vote on the school’s budget, and the unelected boards of directors of private schools have no obligation to the public that provides most of their revenue.

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