Education

VTDigger publishes a wide range of stories about Vermont’s educational system from early childhood education issues to public and private K-12 schools to higher education. Our education reporter is Amy Nixon. She can be reached at [email protected]

Putney, Dummerston and Marlboro school boards discuss consolidation

View of a school bus through a rainy window.

Three Windham County school boards met last week to begin discussing the advantages, and challenges, of merging.

NECI begins partnerships with Coast Guard, Sandals Resorts

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The New England Culinary Institute will provide customized training for resort employees and Coast Guard chefs as a way to increase its student volume.

Burlington’s pick for superintendent of schools lands visa

Edmunds School, 275 Main Street, Burlington (at the corner of South Union Street) in Vermont. Photo by Flickr user Don Shall.

Canadian Yaw Obeng, who faced obstacles in obtaining a visa to work in the U.S., gets around the hurdle with help from the University of Vermont.

UVM adjusts to changes in textbook market

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A new deal between the University of Vermont and textbook providers allows more efficient and cost-effective delivery of books to students.

Students perform better than expected in new standardized testing, state says

Fifth-grade students Destiney and Brook (in the background) in Windy Kelley's classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier edit an online  book report blog. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Vermont students are 37 percent proficient in math and 58 percent proficient in English, according to the first results from the replacement test for NECAP.

Elmore, Morristown tweak details of possible merger

Elmore School, believed to be the last one-room schoolhouse in operation in the state of Vermont.

A plan to merge the Elmore and Morristown school districts will be completed this week, then sent to the State Board of Education its for approval.

Board of Education discusses alternative structure for school district mergers

William Talbott, deputy commissioner of the Agency of Education. File photo Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Under Act 46, there should be as few supervisory unions as possible, say state officials.

Norwich explores school mergers

Norwich school

It would be “extremely premature” to predict now what the district may do, school board chair Neil Odell said.

Windsor Southeast mulls school choice options

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The sticking point in Windsor Southeast is choice — either Windsor has to start allowing choice for high schoolers, or the other three towns — Hartland, Weathersfield and West Windsor — have to give it up.

Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union, neighbors talk consolidation

View of a school bus through a rainy window.

The boards of the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union have begun having introductory talks with surrounding districts regarding consolidation.

Lyndon State College administrator appointed as deputy secretary of education

Heather Bouchey, shown here when 
Director of the Leahy Center for Rural Students at Lyndon State College. Photo courtesy of the school.

Heather Bouchey said her immediate concern is to focus on finishing her job at Lyndon State College. “This is all happening really fast,” she said.

Education secretary issues memo on school security following shooting

The head of the Agency of Education is encouraging schools to review their security protocols, following the shooting of a social worker with the Department for Children and Families. Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe encouraged Vermont schools to review and update emergency preparedness policies in a memo issued Monday. “While our schools continue to be some […]

Performance-based funding may affect UVM and Vermont state colleges

Tom Sullivan, UVM

Ultimately, a performance-based funding proposal could call for a portion of state funding for both UVM and the VSC system to be allocated “based upon nationally recognized and established performance measures,” according to the legislation.

Wilmington officials blame state for high property taxes

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Wilmington’s local tax rate went up 2 percent. But with the state’s education rate, residential rates were going up 14 percent and nonresidential rates 6 percent.

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