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Rumble Strip Vermont: Our School

In this audio commentary, conversationalist Erica Heilman interviews local leaders in rural areas who worry Act 46 will lead to an erosion of their community.

Independent schools balk at change to state approval process

Bill Mathis, a member of the State Board of Education, would like to see consistent financial information for any independent school that accepts public money. “We need transparency and public accountability,” he said. “There is a great variety of ways to comply with the current law.”

Leland & Gray cuts staff to stay under state threshold

School officials say they’ve been able to stay under a state spending-increase threshold in budget planning for the 2016-17 school year, but the plan includes staffing reductions in several subject areas.

Elmore school district calls for another vote on merger question

Due to the “no” vote in November, Elmore is looking at a tax increase of 40 cents for FY17.

Remick leaves Agency of Education

Jill Remick, the longtime director of communications and legislative affairs at the Agency of Education, is leaving to become an analyst at the Department of Taxes. After an 11-year tenure, this Wednesday will be Remick’s last day at the agency. So many things have changed since she started at AOE, Remick reminisced. “We didn’t tweet […]

School officials challenge cuts before consolidation

Budget writers say a provision limiting increases will be hard to implement before savings from merging districts is realized.

Health care costs push Vermont schools over new spending cap

Lawmakers may tweak the spending cap formula because many school districts face hefty tax penalties because of health insurance premium increases.

State Board of Education to weigh new rules for private schools

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to initiate a review and rewrite of the rules that guide the approval process for private schools in Vermont. Some of the proposed changes would clarify the admissions process, the reporting of finances and special education offerings. Calling the current rules antiquated, board member William Mathis asked Agency […]

Montpelier educator named Teacher of the Year

Susan Koch, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Montpelier, was named Vermont Teacher of the Year for 2016 by the Agency of Education

State to target school districts with higher smoking rates

24 percent of students smoke in North Country and Rutland-Windsor districts; 21 percent in Orange North; and 20 percent in Franklin Northeast, survey says.

Under Act 46’s spending caps, school boards find building budgets frustrating

Fixed costs and mandates are eating up most — if not all — of the allowed budget increases for many districts.

The seeds of Act 46

Vermont has a history of consolidating school districts and opposition is nothing new.

Hartford School Board member proposes massive school district

Peter Merrill has proposed forming a district that would stretch from Windsor to Thetford.

Shumlin says Essex, Westford merger proves Act 46 is working

Recent votes to consolidate school districts show the Legislature’s education reform law is working, Gov. Peter Shumlin says, but allows room for improvement.

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