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]

Some districts taking a slower or different path on Act 46

Districts in certain parts of the state have little interest in joining up with neighbors. Other towns have started the process and then decided to drop out.

First wave of district mergers about to crest in June votes

Since last fall when the first ballot was cast in favor of merging in Essex-Westford, voters in 39 towns, representing 45 school districts, have decided to streamline into 10 unified school districts, according to the Agency of Education.

UVM’s new budget model has faculty on edge

At issue is whether the new system is encouraging an increase or decrease in academic offerings and favoring certain fields of study over others that are less popular.

Vermont gets top billing in education policy ranking

The move toward a proficiency based is garnering national praise, but many on the ground have concerns about the timeline for implementation.

Vermont Law School president to step down next year

Marc Mihaly, who has served as president and dean of Vermont Law School since 2012, is scheduled to leave office after the 2016-17 academic year, though he will remain on the faculty afterward.

Windsor Southeast merger talks stall as Weathersfield digs in over school choice

Because every option that would meet state approval has been considered and rejected at the local level, it’s not clear where the discussion might turn next.

‘Toxic stress’ strikes at home, school and beyond, educators told

“This is not a mental health issue, this is a public health issue,” said Lynn Dolce, director of foster care mental health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She spoke to a conference of Vermont superintendents, special educators and others.

Trustees say feds may be investigating Burlington College land deal, but no official confirmation

Two trustees and a financial advisor say they have heard reports the 2010 land deal orchestrated by former college President Jane Sanders, wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is under scrutiny.

Burlington College chair: School hopes to pay back all creditors

People’s United Bank, the school’s main creditor and the first mortgage holder on its remaining North Avenue campus, is “in the driver’s seat,” says the head of the college’s board of trustees.

Program touts results in getting kids to eat school breakfast

A pilot program looking at ways to get more kids to eat school breakfast has confirmed what many might suspect: It helps to serve it after the start of the school day. The initial Breakfast After the Bell Challenge increased the number of students eating school breakfasts by at least 20 percent in nine of […]

Report sees growing inequality playing out in schools

“As much as we all want our schools to be the great equalizers, this isn’t a level playing field, and as inequality is growing across the state for everyone, we are seeing the same thing in our schools,” according to a co-author.

UPDATED: Burlington College to close as result of ‘crushing’ debt

School officials say they learned that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges did not intend to renew accreditation of the college.

UVM energy fund that’s fueled by student fees sits dormant

The fund has supported the installation of solar panels on UVM buildings, brought speakers like Al Gore to campus and helped students build a hybrid car. Yet since May 2015 it has been under review by the university and hasn’t supported any new projects.

Parents call for Shaftsbury principal’s resignation

Parents and community members say school administrators should have reported an alleged incident of abuse to DCF.