Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 3, the Vermont State Board of Education is
responsible for the establishment, advancement, and
evaluation of public education policy. The powers and
duties of the Board include making regulations
and records of attendance of all pupils, standards for
student performance, adult basic education programs,
approval of independent schools, disbursement of funds,
and equal access
for all Vermont students to a quality education.
The governing regulations are described in the Manual of Rules and Practices
Mission & Vision of The State Board of Education
The State Board and Agency of Education provide leadership, support and oversight to ensure that the Vermont public education system enables each student to be successful.
Every learner completes his or her public education with
the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college,
continuing education, careers, and citizenship. The public
education system provides flexible learning environments
rich with 21st century tools that promote self-development,
academic achievement, and active engagement in learning. It
operates within a framework of high expectations for every
learner with support from educators, families and the
Pursuant to Section 180 of Title 16 which requires the State Board of Education to "adopt through a public process a statewide strategic education plan to describe how the agency will help school boards to improve student performance" and that it be reviewed and updated every five years, the Board voted to approve the current Strategic Plan at its meeting on January 20, 2015. The Plan has been developed to emphasize the Board’s commitment to (1) ensure that Vermont’s public education system operates within the framework of high expectations for every learner and ensure that there is equity in opportunity for all; and (2) ensure that the public education system is stable, efficient, and responsive to changes and ever-changing population needs, economic and 21st century issues. The Board will work with the Agency now to move ahead with the implementation of its Plan.
To meet its objective of enabling all Vermont students to reach their full potential and become engaged, contributing members of society, the Board of Education has adopted its priorities for the 2013-14 year. The Board believes this objective can be achieved through providing equitable, high quality learning opportunities to all children delivered within a flexible and personalized
The Board consists of eleven members (nine voting members and two non-voting members) appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two of the Board members are Vermont high school students; One is a voting member, and the other is not. Students are appointed to a two-year term, upon the second year of service the student becomes a voting member. The other non-voting member is the Secretary of Education.
The Vermont State Board of Education has two student members who sit on the Board:
Rainbow Chen of Winooski High School
Dylan McAllister of Hazen Union High School
If you are a Vermont student and would like to submit a question or comment to the student members of the Board, please click here to send an email.
Maureen Gaidys at email@example.com or (802) 479-1060
Page Last Updated on October 5, 2015