Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters

Governor Phil Scott gave his budget address and we were listening closely to his plans for our public schools.

Save Our Schools

Gov. Scott sent lawmakers a memo last week with items that included a $30 million cut from next year’s school budgets and proposed everything from a cap on per-pupil spending to school consolidation. In his budget address, Gov. Scott continued to call for reductions in school staff, saying the state should increase the staff to student ratio, from 4-to-1 to 5-to-1, over the next five years.

As our communities face the effects of the opioid epidemic and struggle with poverty, Gov. Scott’s intent to change the current 4-to-1 student ratio to 5-to-1 would have devastating consequences on students, particularly those who need the most attention—students who may be dealing with learning disabilities or challenges at home.  Furthermore, Scott’s plan could lead to 4,000 job losses among middle-class Vermonters—your friends, neighbors, and children’s teachers.

At the same time Gov. Scott plans to layoff thousands of our neighbors, he wants to pay $150 million to a private, for-profit prison company, putting a company that profits off of human bondage before our children. His other idea? He wants to entice people to live in Vermont through marketing and included a marketing campaign in his budget address. THIS MAKES NO SENSE!

We have a better idea. Let’s invest in our children, provide quality education, and reject private prisons. Let’s draw people to Vermont by making this a great place to live.


ACTION: Let lawmakers know Vermonters value education and oppose Gov. Phil Scott’s threats to our public schools. Laying off thousands of educators is not a legitimate way to boost the economy and create jobs and it will not draw others to Vermont.

Contact your Vermont state legislators and to ask them to oppose Governor Scott’s cuts to education. Use this website to find your state legislator.

Suggested Phone Script:

My name is [insert name] and I am calling from [insert address] to let [legislator’s name] know that I oppose Governor Scott’s proposed cuts to education, and plans to layoff thousands of middle-class Vermonters. Rather than gut the educational resources children rely on to become productive members of our communities, we need to find a more equitable and predictable way to ensure all Vermonters pay their fair share. I am concerned that the Governor’s commitment to slashing education funding and laying off hardworking Vermonters, while also bringing a for-profit prison to our state is indicative of his priorities. I urge you to put the education of Vermont’s children first and oppose Governor Scott’s proposals. 

Suggested Email:

Subject: Oppose Gov. Scott’s Cuts to our public schools.

Dear [insert legislator’s name],

My name is [insert name] and I am writing from [insert address] to let you know that I oppose Governor Scott’s proposed cuts to education, and plans to layoff thousands of middle-class Vermonters. Rather than gut the educational resources children rely on to become productive members of our communities, we need to find a more equitable and predictable way to ensure all Vermonters pay their fair share. I am concerned that the Governor’s commitment to slashing education funding and laying off hardworking Vermonters, while also bringing a for-profit prison to our state is indicative of his priorities. I urge you to put the education of Vermont’s children first and oppose Governor Scott’s proposals.

Sincerely,

[your name]


Windham District Senators:

Senator Becca Balint, no phone listed,   bbalint@leg.state.vt.us

Senator Jeannete K. White, (802) 387-4379, jwhite@leg.state.vt.us

Brattleboro District Representatives

Windham 2-1 Representative Valeria A. Stuart, (802) 257-0249stuartcomm@gmail.com

Windham 2-2 Representative Mollie S. Burke, (802) 257-4844mburke@leg.state.vt.us

Windham 2-3 Representative Tristen Toleno, (802) 579-5511ttoleno@leg.state.vt.us

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