Public Policy

Students with learning disabilities receive unequal education, UVM prof says

Michael Giangreco

The House Education Committee this week heard testimony that special education instruction by paraprofessionals instead of certified teachers is a “discriminatory practice.”

Human trafficking and drug trade linked in Vermont, state police say

Lance Burnham

Influx of opiates and other drugs into Vermont directly correlates to an increase in forced sexual exploitation for profit, officials say.

Advocates for the deaf press for better services

sign language

Services are harder to come by since the closure of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, advocates say.

Small schools survive with state help and community support

Brighton community forum

Like many small Vermont schools, Brighton Elementary is seeing its enrollment decline. Faced with sending their kids to another community, town residents dig in their heels.

Contact Vermont Health Connect if subsidy forms fail to arrive

IRS form 1095-A

Taxpayers who purchased insurance through the state health exchange should call Vermont Health Connect at 855-899-9600 if the do not receive IRS Form 1095-A by next week.

Students, adult test positive for TB at Charlotte Central School

Seven students and one adult tested positive for tuberculosis at Charlotte Central School this week, according to Health Department officials. A positive test for tuberculosis only means a person has tuberculosis bacteria in their body, and does not mean they are sick with the disease, according to a news release from the department. There is […]

SCOV Law Blog: The community-caretaking exception

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

When a police officer stops a driver to warn of a downed tree ahead, and a DUI ensues, is the stop considered reasonable?

Lawmakers want to keep public school tuition within borders

Rep. Alison Clarkson

House legislators propose to stop using public school funds to pay for Vermont students that go to school out of state, which cost a total of $4.7 million in FY 2013.

Activists call on lawmakers to press ahead with public financing

Vermont Workers Center

Advocates for single payer health care argue that lawmakers should pick up where Gov. Peter Shumlin left off.

Proposal would use lottery money to help Veterans Home

Mark Perrault

An administration proposal to use $2 million in proceeds from new electronic lottery games to support the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington is criticized for departing from using the money for the Education Fund.

Economist: Market forces working against Shumlin’s Medicaid plan

Joyce Manchester of the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office testifies before the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

There’s no guarantee that increasing Medicaid payments though a payroll tax will result in a slowing of premium rate increases, expert says.

Governor proposes cuts in prison education program

An instructor works with students at Community High School of Vermont. Courtesy photo

A decline in the number of prison inmates without high school diplomas leads to a request to cut $2 million from the Community High School of Vermont program.

House OKs sex offender registry bill; microbead ban moves to Senate

The Vermont House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would tighten regulations on registered sex offenders Wednesday. H.16 requires sex offenders who complete their prison sentences to report to the sex offender registry before they are released. Those on probation or parole would have 24 hours after their release to report. The sex offender […]

Chairman of state Natural Resources Board leaving

Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, unveils new report about the status of Vermont's environment. Photo by Taylor Dobbs

Ron Shems will be replaced by Jon Groveman. Change comes as the state is shifting some of the board’s administrative functions to ANR.

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