Act 60 of 1997

Act 60, also known as the Equal Educational Opportunity Act, was signed into law in June 1997. The Legislature drafted the law in response to a Vermont Supreme Court decision that said Vermont's existing educational funding system was unconstitutional. The court, in Brigham v. State of Vermont, concluded that the state must provide "substantially equal access" to education for all Vermont students, regardless of where they reside. NOTE: Act 68 of 2003 amended the education funding system created by Act 60 of 1997 and includes additional educational policy provisions. View Act 68 information.
ACT 60 LINKS AND RESOURCES (Updated 1/16/08)
  Fact Sheet
This fact sheet is designed to address some of the questions frequently asked about Act 60. Although it may not answer all questions, it should serve as an initial starting point for understanding the state's educational funding system.
  Complete Text of Act 60
The complete text of Act 60 on the Vermont Legislature's Web site.

2008 Report on Act 60 of 1997: Equal Educational Opportunity - Measuring Equity(Added 1/16/08)
In 1997, the Legislature passed Act 60, or the Equal Education Opportunity Act (EEOA). By design, the EEOA was phased in over a four-year period, with the 2000-2001 school year marking the first full year of implementation. V.S.A. 16ยง164(18) requires a report on the Equal Education Opportunity Act every five years beginning in the year 2000. The 2001 report was the first EEOA evaluation required and laid the groundwork for this 2007 report. This report was delayed a year due to data quality issues.

  • Measuring Equity Report 2001
    This archived report for the 2000-2001 school year, the first EEO evaluation required under Act 60, lays the groundwork for measuring outcomes in the years ahead.
  Supreme Court Ruling on the "Brigham" Case
Read the decision that led to Vermont's education funding reform law.

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