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UVM to start new ‘on-ramp to medical school’ master’s program

University of Vermont College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of UVM.

Trustees approve two new programs — a master’s in medical science, and a first-ever online undergraduate health sciences degree completion program.

Tax penalty component of teacher strike bill scrutinized

Tom Stevens Helen Head

Bill would add a one-cent penalty on a community’s homestead property tax rate if an contract impasse lasts more than a year, which is a concern for some members of the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee.

Community High School cut $250,000 not $1.7 million

Troy McAllister Jeanne Smith

Program that helps inmates and parolees earn high school diplomas urged to join forces with adult education efforts going forward.

Alternative Ed bill would reduce number of school districts in Vermont to 15

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, a member of the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Proposal by Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, seeks to create 15 statewide districts based on the state’s technical education centers.

State will not use standardized test scores, for now

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

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to not use the SBAC scores for the 2014-15 school year for the purpose of annual school evaluation determinations.

Committee restores $200,000 in early childhood education funds

child care center

Reinstatement of grants will tide some preschool centers over until mandatory pre-kindergarten law kicks in next year.

Budget cut means likely closure of state law library

Law library

Cuts to the state library department’s budget could mean the closure of the public law library housed in the Pavilion Building.

Ways and Means votes House ed bill out, with one-cent tax added to non-homestead rates

Johannah Donovan

Decision to not freeze property tax rates will provide revenue to preserve and replenish education reserve fund.

Incentive included in education reform bill raises concern

Alice Emmons

House Committee on Corrections and Institutions worried that under a provision of H.361, state could lose money if schools built with state aid are closed and sold.

House Education OKs variable spending cap on school spending

David Sharpe

Depending on where districts fall on either side of average statewide education spending, districts would be permitted spending increases of between 1.39 and 4.04 percent.

Teachers’ retirement fund growing, state treasurer says

Beth Pearce

Beth Pearce says the plan to rebuild the fund is working.

Lyndon State College announces layoffs, course cuts

Lyndon State College

Faced with a $1.5 million gap between income and expenses, Lyndon State will not reappoint some of its adjunct faculty, the college will reduce the number of courses taught by adjuncts and cut “overloads” paid to full-time faculty for taking on additional teaching responsibilities.

Gilfeather turnip proposed state vegetable

Jacob and Trevor

Students from Wardsboro Elementary School made the case before the House Ag Committee.

Bill banning teacher strikes approved

Kurt Wright

House Education Committee passes a measure that would prevent Vermont public school teachers from striking but would not require the sides to submit to binding arbitration.

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