By Guy Page
The House Education Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday at 10:30 a.m. will discuss a draft bill about how homeschooling affects public school financing.
Details of the bill are unclear at present. Vermont Daily has reached out to state education officials and Education Committee legislators for more information. Here’s the cryptic title for the joint meeting, from the Legislative website: “Financial Implications, Homeschooler Interface with Supervisory Unions, Draft Bill Addressing Average Daily Membership.”
As reported first in VT Daily on July 21, Vermont homeschooling applications are up by 75%. Parents are concerned about children’s health, their own health, and/or changes in the public school learning environment in response to Covid-19. Public school funding is based partly on enrollment, so an exodus of students for any reason reduces revenue.
Among those invited to testify tomorrow is Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association. In early August, Francis spoke with about record high numbers of homeschooling applications affecting public school revenue. VT Digger reported on August 4: “Jeff Francis, the executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, flagged sharp fluctuations in enrollment as a concern for legislators on Thursday, and asked them to consider changing the state’s education funding formula so that schools are not hit with a “double-whammy” of plummeting enrollments and Covid-related expenses.”
Police neckhold ban reviewed
The House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday held a “walk through” initial review of S.119, which says “a law enforcement officer shall not use a prohibited restraint on a person for any reason,” and defines a prohibited restraint as “the use of any maneuver on a person that applies pressure to the neck, throat, windpipe, or carotid artery that may prevent or hinder breathing, reduce intake of air, or impede the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain.” It also sets guidelines for police use of deadly force.
House Judiciary considers more criminal record expungement
S.294, now under review by House Judiciary, would allow criminal record expungement of crimes related to burglary under the age of 25, forgery, counterfeiting, credit card skimming, home improvement fraud, identity theft, grand larceny, petty larceny, embezzlement, receiving stolen property, organized retail theft, unlawful trespass, and other crimes.
Global Warming Solutions on full House agenda
Both House and Senate have approved H.688, but their versions differ. The House may choose to accept the Senate version, or call for a Committee of Conference to reconcile the two versions. At present Gov. Phil Scott and House GOP leaders oppose at least two key components of the bill aimed at forcing steep reductions in carbon emissions.
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