Legislature focuses on student equity in Vermont schools

Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 5:52 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Education changes focused on equity for all students are being proposed in Vermont.

A working group created by the Legislature in 2019 was tasked with drafting new standards for inclusivity in schools.

Some of the proposed changes would mean that schools would offer counseling services that are respectful of students’ identities, support those who have experienced racism, develop ethnic studies programming, teach how different cultural and racial groups have contributed to creating the U.S., and create student well-being spaces.

The group says the changes would support BIPOC students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities and multilingual students.

The State Board of Education will be hearing testimony from the public and the working group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.