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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]

School boards voice opposition to governance reform bill

Cabot residents speak for and against closing the town's high school at a meeting Monday, March 4, 2013, in the school gym. After lengthy debate, they voted to keep it open. Photo by Alicia Freese.

Districts opposing H.361 send letters to governor, legislature imploring them not to take away their local decision-making powers.

VT Mayors Coalition urging strong Senate bill on education reform

Miro Weinberger and Thom Lauzon

Top goals for the bill include reducing the number of school districts and controlling rising education costs.

Shumlin administration reversal on education reform galvanizes Senate panel

Ann Cummings

An Agency of Education official questioned whether the state could mandate reforms given the fact that local communities have not complied with earlier state mandates around moving transportation contracts and administration and special education services to the supervisory union level.

Shumlin administration backs away from mandatory education consolidation

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

The agency has heard from school boards that oppose H.361. The Senate will now decide whether to soften requirements for education reforms.

Special Report: The data behind Vermont’s shrinking school enrollment

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Declining enrollment and rising school spending have pushed Vermont to a crossroads. VTDigger examines the data behind the crisis.

Education tax rate increase lower than last year

Mark Perrault

Lawmakers are looking for $16 million in new money to cover education spending this year. The rate increase legislators passed last year generated $50 million for the education fund.

Christie loses chairmanship of Hartford School Board

Kevin Christie

The Hartford School Board voted this week to replace its chairman with another veteran board member.

Weakened bill on teacher strikes dies in House

Strikers along a roadway in south western Vermont. Photo courtesy of Vermont NEA.

Measure that started out as a ban on public school teacher strikes and imposed contracts was downgraded to a study before failing altogether.

House defeats proposal to ban teacher strikes

Tom Stevens

The Vermont House gives preliminary approval to a bill that creates a study of school labor issues after stripping it of language that prohibits teachers from going on strike and boards from imposing contracts.

House panel weighs financial literacy commission

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.

Group would recommend policy changes to improve the financial awareness of Vermonters young and old.

House to vote on banning teacher strikes, contract imposition

Rep. Kurt Wright

The Vermont House is expected to decide Wednesday on a stripped-down version of bill that prevents public school teachers from striking and prevents school boards from imposing contract terms.

Timing of report on school consolidation questioned

Marty Strange, testifying before the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Nixon/VTDigger

Agency of Education publishes report that claims savings from larger school districts just as vote on ed reform bill was set, critics say.

Burlington College’s viability remains in question, accreditation agency says

Burlington College

School’s finances have improved since land sale, officials say, but the college will remain on academic probation until next fall at least.

House committee rejects bill banning teacher strikes

Rep. Kurt Wright

The House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee voted 5-3 against the bill, saying it either did not achieve a better outcome or that it wasn’t ready for passage.

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