Public Policy

Inside Woodside Center: A teen’s solitary story

Sam Ramsey

On Aug. 24, 2011, Sam Ramsey was headed to the gym with nine other teens to play a nightly game of pickup basketball at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. He never made it.

Westminster man arraigned on manslaughter charge, held without bail

A Westminster man, Lonnie Place, 38, suspected of being involved in a weekend stabbing incident pleaded not guilty to manslaughter on Monday.

Vermont Workers’ Center says single payer possible by 2017

The Vermont Workers' Center sponsors a Health and Diginity Rally in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on opening day of the 2014 legislative session. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Building off the same financing plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin used in deciding not to proceed with single payer, the study says the state can use progressive tax structures to provide universal care by 2017.

As lawmakers mull consolidation, towns decide for themselves

Peoples Academy. Photo by redjar/Creative Commons

Voters in Elmore and Morristown will weigh whether to take the first steps toward merging as school district consolidation is a hot topic in Montpelier.

VTDigger/Castleton poll shows some support for school consolidation

Union Elementary School fifth grade student Alex raises her hand to ask a question while classmate Brian edits his report. Students are in Windy Kelley's classroom the Montpelier school. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey find 48 percent approve of school board consolidation while 42 percent are opposed. Opposition seen on income tax, small school grant questions.

Bellows Falls man dead in apparent homicide in Westminster

Vermont State Police are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred just after midnight Sunday at the Shady Pine Mobile Home Park in Westminster.

Behind the wire at Woodside: ‘Juvie jail’ for Vermont’s delinquent kids


Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, run by the Department for Children and Families, is the state’s only locked facility for kids who have been judged “delinquent.” And laws that protect youthful offenders let DCF run the facility without much public scrutiny or oversight.

Lawmakers buckle down on new education bill

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe testifies before the House Education Committee on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Vermont lawmakers and state officials react to the new bill from the House Education Committee, as other committees get to work.

Pretrial electronic monitoring program shows early success

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark reports on the electronic monitoring system on Thursday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

A two-year pilot program that tracks offenders in Windham County instead of keeping them in prison shows promise, sheriff says.

State wants to shift dual enrollment costs to Education Fund

Woodruff Hall. Wikipedia image.

Half the cost of supporting a program that allows high school students to earn college credit is scheduled to be picked up by local budgets unless change is made.

SCOV Law Blog: Town sues insurer for recovery of lost interest due to embezzlement


The town of Ira’s argument was that the policy should cover the “time value” of the money taken and the trial court agreed. Insurer appealed, town cross-appealed, and that brings us to the main event.

VBSR endorse Shumlin plan to address Medicaid cost shift

Dan Barlow

Members of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility support proposed payroll tax.

Education reform bill calls for 2 percent cap on per pupil spending increases

House Ed

The House Education Committee unanimously passed out a proposal that would require schools to attempt to form districts of at least 1,100 students.

UVM plans $1.4 million in repairs to Southwick Hall

Clarence Davis

University of Vermont intends to use the second half of its $2.8 million state capital appropriation to make repairs to the 80-year-old music building.

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