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Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union ratifies two-year contract with teachers

Editor’s note: This article is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published June 26, 2015. BENNINGTON — After months of negotiations, the boards of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union took the final step toward a new two-year teacher contract on Wednesday, when they ratified the contract in a roundtable […]

State Board of Education meeting focuses on governance reform law

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of the Agency of Education, speaks about the new education governance reform bill at a meeting of the State Board of Education on Thursday at the Okemo Mountain Resort. Board Chairman Stephan Morse is to the secretary's right. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

State board says it will leave it to local communities to initiate school board mergers and will use its power to force mergers only as a last resort.

Caledonia North teachers, board at impasse on contract

The Caledonia North Supervisory Union (CNSU), serving the school districts of Burke, East Haven, Lyndon, Miller’s Run Unified District #37 (Sheffield and Wheelock), Newark and Sutton, announced the supervisory union has hit a second impasse with the teachers’ union this week. In a news release sent by Celeste Girrell, chair of the CNSU executive board, […]

Experts warn Castleton name change may not alter enrollment

Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, speaks on Thursday about a possible name change for Castleton State College to Castleton University. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

The college system’s trustees were told there is no silver bullet to lure international students, and no panacea to turn around enrollment numbers, though one expert said there can be positives, despite that.

School districts across Vermont take a closer look at Act 46

Montpelier residents rejected a proposed $17,985,069 school budget by 81 votes on Town Meeting Day, March 4, 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

School leaders across the state realize the new law aims to tackle some very real issues in Vermont – including having the lowest staff-to-student ratio in the country, a high number of school budget rejections statewide last year, and one of the highest average per-pupil spending rates nationally.

Legislature, governor create child care commission

Robyn Freedner-Maguire, campaign director for Let’s Grow Kids. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon

Census Bureau data indicates that approximately 26,000 Vermont children under the age of 6 are in need of child care — but licensed providers have the capacity for only 40 percent of these children

Governor signs expanded learning bill

Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed into law H.480, now Act 48, which establishes a fund aimed at bringing expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) to communities across Vermont. Creation of the fund is part of the Miscellaneous Education Bill passed by the Legislature. There is no money budgeted by the state for the fund, but the fact […]

State colleges consider comprehensive website

Jeb Spaulding

Consolidating the colleges’ Internet portal is among the ideas being floated to increase cohesion.

Shumlin signs off on two Capital Bill projects at Vermont Technical College

Vermont Technical College President Dan Smith (at podium) joined Gov. Peter Shumlin and other officials Monday to discuss two projects at the school. One makes Vermont Technical College the site of the new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab and the other appropriates $1,000,000 in state funds to upgrade the current VTC engineering and technology lab in Morrill Hall. Photo courtesy of Vermont Technical College

College to play host to a new $25 million Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab and receive $500,000 matching grant to upgrade its engineering and technology lab.

Concord upholds high school closing in second vote

Concord High School is destined to fade into history after a revote last week that affirmed a decision in April to close the school. In a reconsideration vote last week — forced by a petition — residents voted to close the school 333-295, Concord School Principal Julie Donahue said Monday. In April, the vote was […]

Stowe School Board, parents wary of new school governance law

Editor’s note: This article is by Lisa McCormack, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Jun e18, 2015. Resistance is Stowe’s first response to a new state law that requiring school districts to merge into larger organizations. Some parents and school board members worry that Stowe will lose control over local education, […]

348-acre farm donated to Vermont Technical College

(Clockwise from left) Jay Van Arman of Norwich, Charlie Dana, field foreman at Vermont Technical College and Mary Lou Bradley, current employee and former farm manager at Norwich Farms, chat quietly in the main barn at Norwich Farms on Thursday. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News  © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

A laboratory and test kitchen are planned to be built at the farm in Norwich, to help students learn about other agricultural production processes, including cheese making, and there are expansion plans for other farm applications in the works, as well.

Education reform architects take show on the road

John Miller speaks at a meeting at Woodbury Graded School on Tuesday to discuss changes brought by the Legislature's education governance reform law. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Ten state legislators and the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education spent Tuesday evening explaining the state’s new education reform law to audience in Woodbury.

UVM students to live in hotel, apartment complex while new dorms are built

The Shoeboxes at UVM. Courtesy photo

About 300 University of Vermont upperclassmen will live at the Sheraton and a nearby apartment building while the three Shoeboxes are replaced.

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