Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial

Children sang and played at the launch event for Let's Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign about the importance of early childhood experiences. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Neuromedical research on brain development shows that early childhood is crucial. A new film exploring the subject was screened Tuesday in Montpelier, and experts made the case that quality care in a child’s first years can have a lifetime of positive impact.

UVM maintenance workers ratify contract

BURLINGTON — Service and maintenance workers at the University of Vermont have ratified a contract with the school, UVM announced Friday. The contract gives workers an overall pay increase of 8 percent over three years, including a 2.25 percent raise retroactive to July 1. Non-represented staff and faculty also will receive a retroactive upward adjustment of […]

Interim Burlington school administrators jointly resign

Burlington School District clerk Liz Curry and chair Patrick Halladay called an emergency news conference Friday afternoon to respond to the joint resignation of the entire interim administrative leadership team. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The three-person interim leadership team of Burlington School District have announced their resignations. They said continued disrespect by school board members makes it impossible to accomplish their goals. The three had taken the reins of the district after the resignation of the former superintendent earlier this year.

Teachers OK contract agreement in South Burlington

South Burlington teachers ratified a three-year contract with the school board Monday evening, according to a news release issued by the school board. Classes already had resumed Monday, following a four-day teachers’ strike, after union leaders and school board members reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend. Members of the South Burlington Education Association […]

Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

South Burlington teachers to vote on contract

School was back in session in South Burlington on Monday, following four days of canceled classes due to a teachers’ strike in the district. On Saturday evening, mediator Joseph McNeil announced that after 29 hours of negotiating, the school board and the South Burlington Education Association had reached a tentative agreement. No details were disclosed, […]

Morristown joins support of proposal to freeze state school tax rate

This article is by Lisa McCormack, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Oct. 16, 2014. Morristown is among a growing number of towns calling for a two-year freeze on the statewide school property tax rate. The Morristown Select Board voted unanimously Sept. 29 to support the resolution, written and passed by […]

Bargaining resumes, but South Burlington teachers strike continues

South Burlington High School

School board and SBEA fail to reach agreement after first bargaining session in more than a week. Meanwhile, school officials have decided to allow extracurricular activities to continue as scheduled.

Lt. Gov. Scott calls for central board to regulate school costs

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at the governor's budget address on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Scott says an education board similar to the Green Mountain Care Board could help keep school costs under control. His opponent, Dean Corren, says that would only create more government bureaucracy.

Striking teachers in South Burlington say school board violated labor law

South Burlington High School

The teachers’ union alleges board members attempted to stall and side-step the bargaining process. School board clerk Martin Lalonde calls the charges “frivolous.” Talks scheduled Thursday.

Johnson State College launches presidential search

Johnson State College is beginning the search for a new president to replace Barbara Murphy, who plans to  retire at the end of June, 2015. In a letter to faculty dated Oct. 8, outgoing Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan solicited recommendations for search committee members. The search committee will be chaired by Trustee Jerome […]

South Burlington teachers authorize Oct. 14 strike

South Burlington teachers voted Tuesday afternoon to strike if a contract agreement isn’t reached by next Tuesday, Oct. 14. Health care and salaries are the primary sticking points in negotiations. A press release from the South Burlington Education Association, associated with the Vermont chapter of the National Education Association, criticized school board members for “walking […]

Fact Check: Gubernatorial candidates far apart on property tax remedies

Schoolchildren, educators and legislators look on as Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the FY 2014 budget bill at Milton Elementary School on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese

Shumlin, Milne and Feliciano agree that costs are too high and enrollment is in decline, but differ on how to ease the burden on property taxpayers.

Windsor Central in school consolidation talks

View of a school bus through a rainy window.

Voters wrestle with whether to pay $1 million to renovate Bridgewater Village School or close it.

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