MONPELIER-Nearly all of Vermont's 249 school budgets sailed through the voters' fires on Town Meeting Day last week-except three.
Three out of the 249 budgets presented to Vermont voters went down in defeat last Tuesday.
The result was an across-the-board 1 percent decline in state education spending. The trio of failed budgets marked the first time in the last three years the state education budget declined.
The defeated budgets were Grand Isle, North Hero and for the Millers Run School (Sheffield and Wheelock).
Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, said there will be no increase in spending during 2012.