Legislature Status

Adjourned; bills carry over into next session.

Existing Programs:

Town Tuitioning Program (1869)
Towns without a public school must pay vouchers for children to attend a nearby public or non-religious private school, even it its outside the state. Most towns let parents decide where to send their child, although some towns send all children to one school.

Pending Legislation



The Town Tuitioning Program exists because of the lack of public schools in many rural towns. Vouchers are paid for using property taxes, not with state funds. Partly because the town program already provides private -- albeit non-religious -- school choice for 90 towns, there has not been a push for statewide vouchers or a tax credit scholarship program. Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin says he wouldn’t support a school voucher program.

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