Pursuant to Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 3, the 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 governing: attendance 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 outlined in the State Board of Education Rules.
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 community.
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:
- Callahan Sandra Beck of St. Johnsbury Academy (voting member)
- Kyle Courtois of BFA St. Albans
The student member positions on the Vermont State Board of Education are currently full. A notice will be posted when a student member position opens. Information for future candidates: the State Board of Education usually meets on the third Wednesday of every month and establishes policies, regulations, and rules related to education in Vermont and in keeping with statutes passed by the Legislature. Candidates may apply using the Application for Gubernatorial Appointment. Questions about the State Board of Education may be directed to Suzanne Sprague (802-479-1030) or Maureen Gaidys (802-479-1060) at the Agency of Education. Questions about the application or the nomination process itself can be directed to Rachel Feldman, Senior Director of Boards, Commissions and Public Service at the Governor’s Office at (802) 828-5487.