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April 13, 2003

Senate Bill 166: Improve Early Learning Opportunities For Vermont's Children

Sponsor:
Bartlett, Susan
Cummings, Ann
Doyle, William
Dunne, Matt
Illuzzi, Vincent
Kittell, Sara Branon
Leddy, James
Munt, Janet
Sears, Richard
Condos, James
Lyons, Virginia "Ginny"
Scott, Philip
Welch, Peter
Snelling, Diane
Ayer, Claire
Miller, Hinda
Collins, Donald "Don"
White, Jeanette

Summary:
Provide publicly funded early education status.

Status:

03/14/2003(S) ASSIGNED TO EDUCATION
03/09/2004(S) EDUCATION REPORT FAVORABLE WITH AMENDMENT
04/02/2004(S) 2ND READING - AMEND
04/06/2004(S) 3RD READING - PASSED
04/07/2004(H) ASSIGNED TO EDUCATION

Action Requested:
None at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose. This bill creates a "voluntary" publicly funded early education program for children in Vermont. It will increase taxes and pave the way for efforts to lower the compulsory attendance age in the future. While there is no immediate threat to homeschool liberties in Vermont, this type of legislation expands the government role in education (and/or publicly funded daycare for young children) in ways that HSLDA cannot support.

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