Education

VTDigger publishes a wide range of stories about Vermont’s educational system from early childhood education issues to public and private K-12 schools to higher education. Our education reporter is Tiffany Pache. She can be reached at [email protected]

State taxpayers to pick up tab for Burlington College student records

The college had recently moved to electronic transcripts and hired Campus Cafe, a Massachusetts software and information management company that caters to small colleges, to process the transcripts. Campus Cafe has not been paid since last February.

Windham Southeast to present merger plan to Brattleboro residents

Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer. BRATTLEBORO — Town Meeting representatives and residents are invited to take a last look at articles of agreement for a potential merger with school districts within the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. “This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles […]

Crunch time for Windsor Southeast’s Act 46 Study Committee

School districts across Vermont are studying whether to merge with neighbors as part of a state education law. The process can be a huge challenge.

Progress but no deal in Burlington teacher talks, says board

Both sides moved closer on their offers during a Wednesday mediation session, according to the school board.

Burlington teachers and board prepare for final round of talks

Thirty days after the fact-finding report is delivered to the two sides, the board will have the option to impose contract terms, and teachers will have the option to strike in response.

Shaftsbury School Board tells parent that bullying issue is being taken ‘very seriously’

Editor’s note: This article by Derek Carson was first published in the Bennington Banner on Aug. 13, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — A parent is withdrawing her children from Shaftsbury Elementary School after what she described as years of bullying that went unaddressed by teachers and administrators. The parent, whose name has been omitted to protect the […]

Burlington school librarian cuts raise accreditation concerns

Some are questioning whether the Burlington School District would be in compliance with educational standards after planned reductions in librarian positions.

Act 46 by the numbers: Merger votes are in

While school district mergers have been controversial, 55 towns have already approved new school governance plans. VTDigger maps the new districts.

Dissenters on local Act 46 panel say incentives led to haste

“We are hoping the (State Board of Education) will reject the proposal and send it back, and we hope the committee will reconvene and pursue a couple of different options,” wrote three study committee members in Addison Northeast.

Education board blasts feds’ rules for new law on accountability

The State Board of Education’s letter says the government has gone too far with new rules that don’t comply with law’s intent, and adds that the rulemaking panel didn’t represent largely rural states like Vermont.

Vernon votes to leave regional school union

Act 46 and school choice concerns are driving Vernon’s push to withdraw from the regional Brattleboro Union High School District. But the other four district towns would need to approve its departure.

Vermont gets mixed ratings on early education pay, policies

The state is above the national median on wages for child care workers and early educators, according to a national review, but the report argues that Vermont hasn’t made enough progress on wages and policies.

Bennington College featured as turnaround college in Forbes

The magazine highlights challenges the school has faced and overcome under the leadership of President Mariko Silver.

Jamaica to reconsider leaving Leland & Gray regional school union

A months-long debate about Act 46 and school choice led Jamaica residents last month to narrowly vote to leave the regional Leland & Gray school union. But a successful petition drive has spurred a revote, scheduled for Sept. 13.