Burlington College in fight for survival

The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

If a proposed land deal goes through, the college’s financial woes could be mitigated, but questions remain about the way administrators have handled the school’s finances and management.

Boost financial literacy for all, task force recommends

Linda Tarr-Whalen, chair of k-12 Task Force Committee spoke as officials released the report of the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force on Thursday at Champlain College. Photo by Stephen Mease / Champlain College.

Vermont falls short on financial literacy education at all levels, according to a new report. Members of a task force say better financial literacy would be a boon to individuals, families, and even the economy.

Federal funds help libraries upgrade Internet service

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference Wednesday at Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

Nearly one-quarter of Vermont’s public libraries will offer the fastest available Internet speeds, thanks to a federally funded program. The service is crucial to Vermonters who don’t have Internet access of their own.

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More than 110 people came to hear six panelists talk about how to solve a vexing issue the state Legislature will be taking up in January: the rising cost of public, K-12 education at a time when student enrollment levels, particularly in rural places, continue to fall.

Report recommends fundamental changes to education spending, property tax system

House Speaker Shap Smith. VTD/Josh Larkin

A report released on Friday proposes three changes to Vermont’s property tax system. The changes include: a “renovation” plan that would lead to reductions in school spending; a “variable income tax” proposal that would replace a portion of the property tax revenues with income taxes; and a regional block grant plan that would replace Act […]

Federal grant to support Vermont pre-kindergarten

Preschool children at the Ira Allen School in Burlington fidget as Gov. Peter Shumlin speaks.. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

State officials have announced $33 million in federal funds to provide pre-kindergarten services. The Shumlin administration is implementing universal pre-k over the next two years.

Anti-union child care workers beat out AFT in union vote

Child care workers testified in force at a Statehouse public hearing on Wednesday evening. Those in red represented the Vermont Workers Center, while those in blue supported the legislation, and those in white opposed it. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

An anti-labor group, Vermonters for the Independence of Childcare Providers, rallied childcare providers against the unionization effort, and the AFT lost a bid to unionize childcare workers in Vermont by 40 votes.

Burlington College trustees ink land deal with Farrell

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

The debt-ridden college signed an agreement to sell developer Eric Farrell 27 acres of its lakefront property for $7.65 million, the school announced Tuesday.

Don’t miss VTDigger’s education finance forum 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11


The forum features Paul Cillo of Public Assets Institute, Tom Pelham of Campaign for Vermont, Reps. Oliver Olsen, Dave Sharpe and Adam Greshin, and Sen. Dick McCormack.

New interim president at Burlington College

The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Carol Moore, former head of Lyndon State College, will become the school’s new interim chief. Also, the expected signing of a land deal has been postponed until Tuesday.

Vermont College of Fine Arts receives $1 million gift

An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. The gift, the largest in the college’s history, raises the school’s tally to $2.2 million toward its capital campaign goal of $3.5 million. The money will be used to create an alumni and faculty center and renovate the college’s […]

Friends of Burlington College attempt to conserve land on Lake Champlain

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

The sale of the 25-acre lakefront parcel to a developer will help shore up the College’s finances. Those wanting to preserve the land will have until mid-January to match the $7 million sale price.

Property tax reform, education cost control proposals emerge from ad hoc working group

House Speaker Shap Smith in his office at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Thursday. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

Lawmakers this session will decide whether to tinker with Act 60 and Act 68, or replace the state’s unique statewide property tax system with a new formula for funding education. The other looming question is whether lawmakers will institute cost controls that would put a damper on school spending.

St. Michael’s adjunct faculty vote to join SEIU

Adjunct faculty at St. Michael’s College in Colchester voted 46 to 26 Monday to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They join colleagues from Burlington and Champlain colleges, where a majority of adjunct professors voted on Nov. 24 to join SEIU. The national union’s Adjunct Action initiative aims to organize part-time faculty at […]

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