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Education Agency works to roll out governance reform bill

Secretary of the Agency of Education Rebecca Holcombe. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

-+*Secretary Rebecca Holcombe meets with school boards, superintendents to begin implementation of new law.

Bill creates college savings account for every Vermont child

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-+*A bill passed this session would contribute $500 into a college savings account for each low-income child born in Vermont; $250 for others. Money will come from charitable organizations.

Agency of Education completes educator equity plan

Amy Fowler, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education, speaks during the Legislative session to the House Education Committee about educator equity in Vermont. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

-+*Survey looks at the impact of less-experienced teachers in high-poverty areas of Vermont.

Website ranks Vermont colleges among 100 most affordable in U.S.

Johnson State College is No. 61 on a list of most affordable small colleges. Courtesy photo

-+*The 100 most affordable small colleges in the country includes all three of the Vermont State College system’s 4-year institutions: Castleton, Johnson and Lyndon.

Legislative Wrap: Education reform dominates session


-+*Lawmakers spent much of the session attempting to address voter concerns over declining public school enrollment and rising education property taxes. The results are mixed.

Shumlin touts dual enrollment program for high school students

Jeb Spaulding (left), chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, and Gov. Peter Shumlin speak at a news conference on dual enrollment. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

-+*Education leaders joined the governor in encouraging students to take advantage of state program that lets high school students take college courses for free.

Burlington worries spending control in ed bill could force staff cuts

Oliver Olsen

-+*Interim Superintendent Howard Smith said he asked lawmakers to give demographically diverse districts a way to mitigate the impact of spending penalties.

Steve Dale retires as head of school boards group

-+*The Vermont School Boards Association on Monday announced the retirement of executive director Steve Dale. Dale has served as head of the VSBA since 2011, and will leave his position at the end of August, the association stated. VSBA general counsel Nicole Mace will replace Dale on Sept. 1. The VSBA is an organization representing […]

UVM trustees approve 3.4 percent tuition hike

University of Vermont students on the green. Photo courtesy University Communications

-+*In-state tuition to rise almost $500 to $14,664, “one of the lowest (increases) in the past decade.” Board boosts financial aid by 6.3 percent.

Legislature passes sweeping education governance reform

David Sharpe

-+*House and Senate agree on legislation designed to contain public school spending increases and improve educational opportunities.

Deal hammered out on education reform bill

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-+*House and Senate conferees settle on a variable spending control plan that aims to limit the average statewide growth in school spending to 2 percent.

Burlington area designated as U.N. sustainable development center of expertise

-+*The greater Burlington region has been designated as a leader in sustainable development by the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies of Sustainability. In an announcement Thursday, the University of Vermont said the Burlington area was designated as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. The designation means Burlington will join […]

Education reform legislation heading to vote Thursday

Ann Cummings

-+*Lawmakers are now considering a plan that would lower the excess spending threshold and increase penalties for schools that spend more than the statewide average.

House passes resolution to encourage recruitment of international students

Anne Watson and Adam Bunting MHS

-+* Foreign students on F-1 visas could bring much-needed tuition dollars to Vermont schools with declining enrollment.

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