- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has voted overwhelmingly to support requiring that the mandates it imposes on public schools be paid for out of the state general fund.

But the amendment excluded from that requirement the latest mandate supported by lawmakers. Local school districts are going to have to pay about $1,000 per year per teacher they hire in the future to help pay for health coverage under the state teachers’ retirement plan.

Some lawmakers have complained for years about what they term unfunded mandates imposed on schools. The state requires schools to offer driver education, to require masters’ degrees for speech pathologists and to require health professionals at contact sporting events to guard against concussions, for example.

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