Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy look to rally opposition against an “existential threat.”

LYNDON — Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy look to rally opposition against an “existential threat.” LI and SJA this week launched letter-writing campaigns against two bills, S.66 and H.258, that would restrict public funding for private schools. The legislation could be a first step towards dismantling Vermont’s four independent academies, including LI and SJA, critics said. LI published a statement Monday and SJA issued an appeal Tuesday, asking supporters to write lawmakers against the bills. Both schools shared email addresses for local legislators, members of the House and Senate Education Committee, and Gov. Phil Scott. The schools warned that S.66 and H.258 would limit school choice, facilitate a public takeover of private schools, and potentially force independent schools like LI and SJA to shut down.