Stowe still No. 1 school tax sending town

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Stowe will send more than $19.4 million to the Education Fund this year — $2.2 million more than the No. 2 town — according to information compiled by the Vermont Agency of Education.

Margolis: Schools likely to remain small and expensive

A classroom at Montpelier High School awaits students. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

Better get used to it, Vermont will always have a low teacher-pupil ratio and a high per-pupil cost compared to most other states.

Burlington College’s future depends on community support, interim leader says

Former FairPoint Communications executive Mike Smith is the interim president of Burlington College. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Burlington College needs cash first, then more students, Mike Smith says. The former head of FairPoint in Vermont believes the financially troubled school can recover, if supporters want it to.

UVM urges departments to become financially self-sufficient

UVM Green overlooking the Waterman Building. Photo by Sally McCay, UVM Photo

The University of Vermont is moving to an incentive-based budget process in which departments would, in some ways, compete for enrollment.

Interim leaders vow to save Burlington College

Burlington College Board of Trustees President Yves Bradley (center) is joined by Mike Smith and Jane Knodell as the school announces its interim leadership team following the resignation of former President Christine Plunkett. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Three community leaders step in to address financial crisis after President Christine Plunkett resigns under pressure from faculty and students.

UVM, faculty declare impasse in contract negotiations

The Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont. VTD/Josh Larkin

The University of Vermont and its 800 unionized faculty have started classes without a contract to replace one that expired June 30. Salaries and health insurance are the main sticking points. The talks next move to a fact finder.

Landmark College starts work on $10 million science center

Harold Nahigian, Robert Lewis, Nan Strauch and Peter Eden take part in the groundbreaking ceremony at Landmark College Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Brattleboro Reformer photo

The 28,500-square-foot building will provide the school with new science and computer labs, as well as conference and meeting rooms that college officials hope will draw educators from around the world to do research on teaching students with learning disabilities.

Plunkett resigns; Burlington College appoints interim leaders

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

Her resignation comes after mounting financial trouble at the college and votes of no confidence from students, faculty and staff.

Margolis: Measuring Vermont’s schools on a variety of standards

Creative Commons photo by Alberto G. via Flicrk

By any calculation, Vermont spends a lot on public schools, and by the most common approach to assessing school quality, it gets what it pays for.

Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs

First grade teacher Emily Wrigley works with students at Union Elementary in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

There are only two ways to hold down school spending, and by all indications, most Vermonters don’t want to do either one.

Story and video: Burlington College President Christine Plunkett tells students ‘I resign’

Burlington College President Christine Plunkett leave a board of trustees meeting Friday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

The financially struggling school refuses to confirm whether Plunkett formally resigned after she told students blocking her exit from a board meeting “OK, I resign. Happy?”

Under Plunkett’s tenure, Burlington College falters

Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo

President pins the future of the financially troubled college on finding more students.

Burlington College failed to pay employee retirement

The former Roman Catholic Diocese building in Burlington.

School did not put employee money or matching funds into TIAA-CREF accounts for 16 weeks this summer. President says it was a mistake.

Dual enrollment vouchers available for low-income students

From left, VSAC President Scott Giles, Kate Ash of Sen. Patrick Leahy's office, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Rep. Peter Welch attend a news conference Friday warning of student loan scams. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

The Legislature appropriated $50,000 this spring to support low-income students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of the chance to take college courses while still in high school.

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