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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.

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.

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.

Education reform bill expected Thursday

House Education Committee

House committee is poised to release an eagerly awaited plan to rein in school spending and control the rise in property taxes.

Burlington launches early education initiative

Mayor Miro Weinberger testifies before the Public Service Board. Photo by Hilary Niles/

Pilot combines visiting nurse work, scholarships for low-income kids to join early learning programs and followup in an effort to break chain of multi-generational poverty.

Adjunct faculty at Burlington colleges meet on union planning

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Adjunct faculty from Burlington, Champlain and St. Michael’s colleges met this week with the colleges’ administrations, according to a news release issued in recent days by the adjunct coalition. The meeting was the first step in the bargaining process in which adjunct faculty at Champlain, St. Michael’s and Burlington colleges seek to […]

Forum looks at disparity in student discipline

Max Barrows

Meeting focuses on disproportionate numbers of low-income, disabled and minority students subjected to school discipline.

Student-teacher ratios focus as House Education Committee hones bill

Brad James, education finance manager for the Agency of Education. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Vermont’s low student-to-teacher ratio comes under lawmakers’ scrutiny as they fine-tune a bill that calls for larger, integrated education systems of at least 1,000 students.

Federal report shows Vermont’s poor rural schools struggle with teacher retention

Fifth-grade teacher Windy Kelley works with students on an editing project at Union Elementary School in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Contrary to national trends, state’s high minority schools have more stable staffing.

Elmore, Morristown to look at school merger

Towns will decide on Town Meeting Day whether to consider closing Elmore school and sending its 20 students to Morristown.

SBAC test a must for federal funding, AOE Secretary says

Rebecca Holcombe

Holcombe warns school districts off ‘opting out’ of the new standardized test.

Education reform bill calls for larger districts by 2019

Alice Miller

Latest draft would give districts a timeline to create 1,000-student “integrated education systems” or the state could do it for them.

UVM seeks increase in state aid

Tom Sullivan

The request of $1.5 million more would go to scholarships and financial aid.

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