Vermont school districts
|K-12 Education in Vermont|
|State Superintendent: Armando Vilaseca|
|Number of students: 89,908|
|Number of teachers: 8,364|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:10.7|
|Number of school districts: 369|
|Number of schools: 320|
|Graduation rate: 88%|
|Per-pupil spending: $15,925|
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Public education in Vermont
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 State law
- 3 School board elections
- 4 See also
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Vermont is home to 369 school districts, 320 schools and 89,908 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Stephan Morse, Chair
- Sean-Marie Oller, Co-chair
- Lachlan Francis, Co-chair
- Krista Huling
- Bonnie Johnson-Aten
- Morgan MacIver
- Margaret MacLean
- William Mathis
- Mark Perrin
- Stacy Weinberger
The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Vermont as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Vermont's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||63||0.07%||0.42%|
|Two or more||1,875||2.10%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Vermont State Board of Education adopted the standards on August 17, 2010. Full implementation took place during the 2013-2014 academic year.
School board composition
Vermont school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Vermont school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:
- At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
- Trustee area: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.
School board membership ranges from three members to 14 members. Board members serve terms of one, two or three years.
- Town or city school district: A school district operated within the confines of a single town or city.
- Joint contract board: A legal mechanism whereby multiple school districts maintain their own school boards but also operate a joint board that coordinates certain educational programs.
- Union school district: A combination of two or more school districts that agree to own and maintain a common group of schools. In this district type, each district maintains a local school board.
- Unified union school district: A combination of two or more school districts that agree to own and maintain a common group of schools. In this district type, participating districts elect representatives to a single school board.
- Interstate school district: A district that serves students in neighboring towns in New Hampshire and Vermont.
School districts employing 40 or fewer teachers are members of supervisory unions, which are overseen by a superintendent of schools.
Vermont does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.
School board elections
- See also: Vermont school board elections, 2015
No top enrollment districts in Vermont are scheduled to hold elections in 2015.
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Vermont, a person must be nominated by a voter in the school district by the sixth Monday prior to the election. The nominating voter must submit at least 30 signatures from district residents to the local elections clerk. A nominated candidate must indicate consent to appear on the ballot by the Wednesday after the nomination was submitted.
State law requires candidates who have received or spent $500 or more prior to an election to register with the Vermont Secretary of State. A registered candidate must submit campaign finance reports twice before the election and a post-election report two weeks after the general election.
- School board elections portal
- United States school districts
- List of school districts in Vermont
- Vermont Agency of Education
- Public education in Vermont
- Vermont Secretary of State
- Vermont Agency of Education website
- Vermont School Boards Association
- Vermont National Education Association
- American Federation of Teachers - Vermont
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 8, 2013
- Vermont Agency of Education, "State Board of Education," accessed June 13, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- Vermont Agency of Education, "Common Core State Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
- Vermont State Legislatures, "Title 16: Education," accessed July 10, 2014
- Vermont School Boards Association, "Essential Work of Vermont School Boards," accessed July 10, 2014
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