The state Board of Education is backing Gov. Jim Douglas’ proposal to have schools freeze per-pupil spending for fiscal year 2010.
In a 6-1 vote Friday, the board – whose members are appointed by the governor – said it wanted to send a message to the education community that everyone must share in cost-cutting during the nation’s economic downturn.
Douglas has said Vermont can’t sustain rising school costs, given declining enrollments.
To prevent larger cuts in human services, his proposal would move $40 million in annual costs for the teachers’ retirement fund from the general fund – which pays for a broad range of state services – to the education fund.