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]

Vermont ACLU threatens to sue over school spending cap; lawmakers maintain law is constitutional

ACLU Vermont Executive Director Allen Gilbert. VTD/Josh Larkin

Allen Gilbert: “[Lawmakers] never honestly explored whether it was true that larger schools and larger school districts lead to better performance by students and savings of money.”

Supervisory unions line up for Act 46 tax breaks

David Sharpe

About five supervisory unions have contacted the Vermont Agency of Education to see if they could be the first ones to change their school governance structure, reaping tax benefits.

Stowe School Board goes all-out on options

Stowe School Board

The Stowe School District is scrutinizing its options for complying with Act 46, Vermont’s new school governance law.

It’s Castleton U. from now on

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Castleton State College to Castleton University. David Wolk, president of Castleton, says the name change is part of a plan to expand the school’s programs and increase enrollments by attracting more international students. Wolk has said the name change reflects […]

A third of state’s public schools to get a jump on universal pre-K

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

The initiative is touted as a way to help level the playing field for students from low-income backgrounds.

Shumlin aide to lead early childhood education nonprofit

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

Alyson Richards, Shumlin’s deputy chief of staff and director of intergovernmental affairs, has been named CEO of The Permanent Fund.

Former Green Mountain Valley School teacher loses license for a year

The Vermont Agency of Education confirmed this week that a teacher at the Green Mountain Valley School in Fayston agreed to have his license suspended for one year, following an incident that occurred more than a year ago. Robert Niles, 27, a former teacher at the school, voluntarily agreed to give up his provisional teaching […]

VSC planning committee advances Castleton State College name change

Castleton State College

We will need talking points because we will be stopped at fairs or at the grocery store or at church on a Sunday morning,” and constituents may ask trustees, “ ‘What were you knuckleheads thinking?’ There will be consequences that we cannot anticipate yet…” said one trustee.

State Board of Ed toils through summer to prepare for Act 46 school mergers

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

Vermont Agency of Education expects between a half dozen and ten districts to be in a position to merge quickly, within that first year, and take advantage of tax discounts offered to communities that vote to combine smaller districts into a large one, under the law.

Goddard College reaches contract agreement with faculty, staff unions

Goddard College faculty and staff have approved a new, three-year union contract ending a 27-month negotiation period, the college announced Tuesday. “This is a contract that management and labor worked very hard to craft together,” Goddard President Robert Kenny said in a statement. “The process involved a significant commitment from all parties to reach agreement, […]

Stowe school board aims to avoid a merger

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Rather than merge with its neighbors, the Stowe School Board has decided to petition the state to allow it to form “an alternative governance structure.”

Addison Northeast superintendent fights efforts to oust him

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Federal mediator called in after vote of ‘no confidence’ for Superintendent David Adams.

Ending loophole in corporate ownership rule could fund federal pre-K

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., unveiled the Senate’s new comprehensive approach to universal Pre-K.. Senator Casey first introduced universal Pre-K in 2007. In his last State of the Union Address, President Obama endorsed universal Pre-K and called on Congress to take action. Now Senate leaders on education have come together on a comprehensive approach that would help Pennsylvania children access early learning. Courtesy photo

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced an amendment that would create a federal grant formula with a state match to create high-quality, full-day preschool for 4-year-olds from families earning below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Some Castleton faculty feel left out of name change consideration

Castleton State College

The name change is expected to be voted on next week by the new long-range planning committee of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees.

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