All the latest news, press releases, and commentary from Heidi E. Scheuermann.

By Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Public Radio

Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, the lead sponsor of the bill to delay the merger mandate, says efficacy for superintendents and other district administrators shouldn’t drive education policy.

“Easy isn’t necessarily right,” Scheuermann says. “And we need to do this right for the students.”

Scheuermann says in order to comply with the July 1 mandate, districts will need to move forward with merger plans prior to knowing the outcome of the court case.

And once they start down that road, Scheuermann says, “It’ll be virtually impossible to unravel these merged districts.”

By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

After the state board decided in November to force dozens of districts to merge, a group of lawmakers is working to get a one-year merger moratorium passed, as early as mid-February.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said she’s “been fighting against state control of education for years,” calling it “an uphill battle.” She said it’s been complicated, as school districts — the arranged marriage of Elmore-Morristown and Stowe is one of the more prominent forced mergers in the state — work to fight the merger while simultaneously preparing for it.

“We’re in territory we haven’t been in before,” Scheuermann said.

By Lola Duffort,

Legislators in the group mostly hailed from the 50 or so districts facing forced mergers under the law, and they criticized the impact of consolidation on their communities. They emphasized that their only request was a temporary moratorium on forced mergers.

“We’re not re-legislating or re-debating Act 46 at this press conference. We’re simply asking for an extension,” said Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe.

Scheuermann said the group would be advancing two pieces of legislation for leadership’s consideration – H.39, which would simply delay implementation by a year, and H.42, which would delay implementation by a year or delay implementation until a judge had adjudicated the lawsuits. Parallel legislation will be introduced in the Senate, she said.