MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are poised to delay implementation of Act 173, a massive overhaul of the state’s special education system passed just last year.
A panel tasked by the Legislature with advising the state about the law’s rollout came to the Statehouse this spring to tell lawmakers the state just wasn’t ready and that the law’s effective date should be moved by a year. The request got push back from the Agency of Education, which argued the state could save millions by moving according to schedule. And the deferral request nearly fell prey to a spat between the House and Senate Education Committee chairs, who otherwise appeared to agree a delay was necessary.
But language proposed by House Education chairwoman Kate Webb, D-Shelburne, to delay