Don't let them get away with it. The Legislature is on a three-day recess before they come back to wrap up the legislative session. The stumbling block? You guessed it, the governor's terrible scheme to strip away the ability of you and your local school boards to bargain with one another.
For nearly 50 years, local school boards and local educators have worked together to do what's best for their communities, their schools, their educators, and, most importantly, their students. The results of all that effort is a public education system rivaled by only four other much wealthier states. And now Governor Phil Scott and the VSBA want to rip that apart.
As a Vermont-NEA member and public school educator, you need to make your voices heard NOW. This is for real.
Can you take a few minutes and either call your legislators or write them an email?
When the governor attacks educators, he is attacking a group of taxpaying Vermonters who are overwhelmingly wmen, women who have bargained with their local school boards in good faith so that they can remain in a profession dedicated to our state’s future.
Contrary to the governor’s and VSBA’s assertions, teachers and other educators WILL NOT BE HELD HARMLESS. The alleged savings – which would amount to no more than $5 a month for most homeowners – only come about by taking thousands of dollars out of the pockets of your local educators – fellow middle class taxpayers who are your friends and neighbors.
Local school boards and local educators have negotiated contracts numbering in the thousands over the last five decades. They’ve done so through economic ups and downs and have had to deal with major changes to health insurance many times over the last 50 years. They can still do so, and, if the settlements already reached show, they can reach agreements that do right by their schools, their communities, their educators and even save local taxpayers money.
For 50 years local school boards and local educators have worked together to give Vermont a top-tier public school system. The governor wants to tear that apart so that he can take money from your children’s teachers – and your local communities – and give it to – well, we don’t know what he wants to do with this mythical savings.
The governor and the VSBA may think they can fool the public and lawmakers with their dangerous anti-teacher, anti-school board scheme. Don't let them get away with playing politics with educators' health care.