Common Core: Mixed review of new computerized tests for students

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

Educators say the Smarter Balanced tests will better gauge student knowledge and skills, but they worry the new system will be used to punish schools under federal rules.

Burlington College used restricted scholarship money for operating costs

Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo

Documents point to a lack of transparency in finances.

Common Core: Vermont schools brace for new tests, standards

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe at a press conference in September 2013. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

In the weeks before the inauguration of the first set of national education standards, reception in Vermont ranges from fervently enthusiastic to cautiously optimistic to skeptical. Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of the Agency of Education, said she has confidence teachers will “give it their best shot.” “I just know that the genuine change, as opposed to window dressing, takes a few years,” Holcombe said. “And I want to encourage genuine change.”

Burlington College faculty, student groups vote no confidence in president

The former Roman Catholic Diocese building in Burlington.

The small liberal arts school is plagued by debt and some students and faculty members express doubt that President Christine Plunkett can lead them out of the crisis. The school is selling some of its lakeside property to make ends meet and does not expect to have enough money to pay the summer payroll.

Burlington College defaults on loan to Catholic diocese

The former Roman Catholic Diocese building in Burlington.

Burlington College is behind on its payments to the Roman Catholic Diocese and has financial problems that raise “substantial doubt” about the college’s viability, according to a recent audit.

Grant to fund Dartmouth, Stern Center study of intensive reading instruction

Emily Wrigley, a first grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Researchers have received a $340,000 grant to investigate the effectiveness of intensive reading instruction for third-graders from the Lebanon (New Hampshire) School District.

Stakeholders explore ways to make Vermont colleges more affordable

Woodruff Hall. Wikipedia image.

Students, educators and college officials tackle ideas to increase funding for state colleges and reduce student debt load.

Summit aims to teach colleges how to prevent sexual assault

N. Bruce Duthu (left) of Dartmouth moderates a discussion between Anurima Bhargava (center) of the U.S. Department of Justice and  Catherine E. Lhamon of the U.S. Department of Education (right) at a conference on sexual abuse held at Dartmouth College on Monday. Photo courtesy of Dartmouth College

Experts convene at Dartmouth College to examine ways to prevent sexual violence that appears to be growing on college campuses.

VSAC raises $29.9 million to lend to students

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. has sold $29.9 million in bonds to raise money to loan to Vermont students. The loans can be used in the 2014-2015 school year by Vermont students attending colleges in the U.S. or abroad, or by out-of-state students attending Vermont institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for the Vermont […]

State launches campaign to promote new learning opportunities for students

Students in Windy Kelley's fifth grade classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier work on computers. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Agency of Education gives grants to four Vermont high schools to perform outreach on dual enrollment, personalized learning plans and other programs adopted by the Legislature.

Norwich prepared for any protests of Condoleezza Rice visit

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will take the podium at Norwich University on Thursday, as part of the university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The event is hosted by the Todd Lecture Series, as part of the online graduate program’s required week-long residency. This week, 549 CGCS students come to Norwich for conferences, […]

Summer lunches help state combat childhood hunger

School lunch

Vermont ranks fifth in the nation for having the highest percentage of students who qualify for school lunch programs participating during the summer months.

Rutland Northeast hires Collins for superintendent position

Jeanne Collins will be the new superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. The board of the union announced her hire on Thursday. Collins will step down as superintendent of the Burlington city schools on June 30. Her departure follows revelations that the district has racked up millions of dollars in budget deficits over the […]

Embattled Burlington superintendent the only choice left for RNeSU

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After a public meeting and a second interview, board decides to continue hiring process with Jeanne Collins, though public urged re-opening search.

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