Public Policy

Landmark College starts work on $10 million science center

Harold Nahigian, Robert Lewis, Nan Strauch and Peter Eden take part in the groundbreaking ceremony at Landmark College Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Brattleboro Reformer photo

The 28,500-square-foot building will provide the school with new science and computer labs, as well as conference and meeting rooms that college officials hope will draw educators from around the world to do research on teaching students with learning disabilities.

Plunkett resigns; Burlington College appoints interim leaders

Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Her resignation comes after mounting financial trouble at the college and votes of no confidence from students, faculty and staff.

State psychiatric hospital has difficulty hiring nurses

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The state psychiatric hospital’s patients are the most complex and highly acute psychiatric cases in the state, and the hospital is ramping up occupancy in a “clinically sound” manner, CEO Jeff Rothenberg said.

Margolis: Measuring Vermont’s schools on a variety of standards

Creative Commons photo by Alberto G. via Flicrk

By any calculation, Vermont spends a lot on public schools, and by the most common approach to assessing school quality, it gets what it pays for.

Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs

First grade teacher Emily Wrigley works with students at Union Elementary in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

There are only two ways to hold down school spending, and by all indications, most Vermonters don’t want to do either one.

Optum report says poor leadership kept state from holding CGI accountable


Optum’s report finds insufficient state supervision of CGI’s work on Vermont Health Connect, recommends hiring a project manager with experience in handling $50 million to $100 million IT projects.

Shumlin names Ramniceanu to lead pretrial services system

Annie Ramniceanu will oversee the state’s new pretrial services system to help people convicted of crimes access substance abuse and mental health services, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito announced Friday. Ramniceanu, who left Spectrum Youth and Family Services this year after 17 years, will develop and implement the state’s new program, crafted […]

Story and video: Burlington College President Christine Plunkett tells students ‘I resign’

Burlington College President Christine Plunkett leave a board of trustees meeting Friday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

The financially struggling school refuses to confirm whether Plunkett formally resigned after she told students blocking her exit from a board meeting “OK, I resign. Happy?”

Trucker charged after snarling traffic on Smugglers Notch Road

This time, the trucker is facing charges. Jacques Marchand, 64, of Dunham, Quebec, is the latest in a long line of truckers whose vehicles became stuck on narrow, twisting Vermont 108 through Smugglers Notch. Marchand has been charged with failure to obey a traffic-control device — the big signs warning large trucks not to try […]

SCOV Law Blog: Extinction of distinction

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

In this case, the SCOV takes the bold step of abolishing Vermont’s common law negligence distinction between licensees and invitees.

Under Plunkett’s tenure, Burlington College falters

Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo

President pins the future of the financially troubled college on finding more students.

Hospital payment reform focus shifts to primary care

Members of the Green Mountain Care Board (from left): Betty Rambur,  Allan Ramsay, Al Gobeille, Karen Hein and Con Hogan. Photo by Morgan Trues/VTDigger

Government programs and insurance companies must find a way to offer stable payments to doctors, hospitals, community health centers and clinics to make population health a sustainable model.

USDA chief announces $45 million to help farmers curb runoff

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced federal funding available for agricultural conservation practices at a news conference Thursday at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits state to tout program aimed at reducing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain. Nutrients from manure and fertilizer trigger annual blooms of toxic blue-green algae.

Three years after Irene: Fish hatchery among the lingering scars

Floodwaters remain at the Roxbury fish hatchery shortly after Tropical Storm Irene struck in August 2011. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The state’s Roxbury facility was heavily damaged when Tropical Storm Irene blew through in 2011. It will take $4.5 million to replace but FEMA is challenging the proposed design.

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