Dear Families,

It’s important to bring your attention to a matter that is critical to our school and community.

The Vermont State Senate has introduced S.66 and the House has introduced a companion bill, H.258, proposing changes to how public education dollars can be used at independent schools. Without Vermont’s current system of school choice and public funding of independent schools, schools like the Village School of North Bennington would cease to exist. 

We need your help letting legislators know how much you value having a choice about where your children are educated and what the Village School means to your family and our community.

Please make your voice and choice heard!

Individual citizens, families, businesses, and anyone in the community who cares about education can make a difference by reaching out to legislators and letting them know their opposition to S.66 and H.258.

You can use this template to quickly get key information to add to your personal message. 

We are fortunate to have strong support from our local representatives and from state Senators Brian Campion and Dick Sears. Please take a moment to thank our local representatives for their opposition to S.66 and H.258. Contact information for our legislators is available at this link.

I was in Montpelier yesterday testifying in front of the House Committee on a bill related to the value of independent schools like ours and also meeting with a group of legislators and policy makers who were gathered to advocate for the importance of independent schools as part of Vermont’s educational landscape. The message was reiterated that now is the time to stop these bills before they come to pass.

I cannot underscore enough how important it is to be aware of and informed about this critical issue. If you would like more information, I recommend listening to or reading yesterday’s Vermont Public’s local news report by Howard Weiss-Tisman. VTDigger also published an informative article on February 7th. 

Thank you for your action and support!

Warm regards,