Still more questions on Act 46 than answers
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To the Editor,

Act 46, also known by me as the unknown Trojan Horse entering every community in Vermont, is still circling each town’s square. We are no further along with answers to what Act 46 is all about than we were at Town Meeting Day, in fact, there are more questions with no answers than ever before.

But Wardsboro’s current school board members have swallowed it whole, hook, line and sinker! And they want to convince the voters of Wardsboro to do the same. Why do they want us to sign on to something that has never been fully explained. Serious questions about it have never been answered and legislators are still not sure what they’ve passed legislation about.

I don’t think there is a person in the state who can explain what Act 46 is all about and I’m sure not going to vote in favor of it. Let the Legislature explain what it is they have legislated. I bet they can’t do it. Even towns who have already voted in favor of Act 46 are now finding that they have many unanswered questions, even wondering why they are not going to get the tax breaks that have been promised if they signed up early. Did they sign up too early?

Our current representative has from the beginning told us that Act 46 is going to cost every town more money than they have spent in the past for education does that sound like something we will rush right out and vote yes for.

I believed we had voted in a Legislature that would come up with an education formula that would lower everyone’s taxes and still have equalized education for all students in Vermont.

Who knew we voted in a bunch that would only make things more complicated and more costly than ever before?

A good place to start on lowering education costs would be to close most of the supervisory offices. With a lowering total student count, and a small state to cover, it would seem like the whole state could be covered by fewer than six supervisory offices. That would save a tremendous amount of money.

We need to keep our young children in the school in their hometown. Small schools in Vermont and elsewhere have been proven over and over to produce a higher percentage than large schools of very talented, conscientious citizens.

I think some of the committee members in the localities who have been trying to come up with a good plan for their school have lots more sense than our legislators. These members of the various local committees should be the ones who are listened to, they have done the work and walked the walk. Let’s pay attention to what they are saying.

I still want to know how education is going to be more equalized for each student by shipping them over the mountain or vice versa and who’s going to pay for the shipping.

With the state, the local representatives, and the Wardsboro School Board all threatening us with lost tax incentives, lost educational opportunities, and higher education costs, an empty school building which only we can vote to keep (what rubbish!), and not much to look forward to, I think everybody should vote no to Act 46.

Is Democracy still alive, what does no mean? What does voting mean?

Jan Hull

Wardsboro
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