School board consolidation bill stalls, again

Controversial legislation often takes a circuitous route through the Legislature, and such is the case with H.883, the education governance, or school board consolidation bill. On Tuesday, expectations among members of the House Education Committee were high. They anticipated tweaking the legislation in House Ways and Means and their own committee and then watching the […]

Analysis: Pass or fail, school consolidation a powder keg for lawmakers

Schoolchildren, educators and legislators look on as Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the FY 2014 budget bill at Milton Elementary School on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese

Bill calling for fewer supervisory districts has the support of Democratic leaders but some lawmakers are squeamish about taking a stand against “local control.”

Moody’s downgrades Vermont Law School revenue bonds

The Vermont Law School is in South Royalton. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

Declining enrollments have hurt the school’s finances; downgrade allows bank to accelerate debt payment schedule.

House freezes school privatization debate

Unless the bill is revived, neither ​a proposed two-year moratorium nor study will take effect.

Montpelier passes school budget in revote

Montpelier voters braved the rain on Tuesday to pass a new, slightly slimmer school budget by a vote of 914 to 565. The new budget came in at $17,826,803, trimming $158,266 from the $17,985,069 budget voters rejected 1,211 to 1,130 on Town Meeting Day.

VTDigger/Castleton poll: 65 percent of voters want revamp of property tax system

Ed Poll

A VTDigger poll conducted by Castleton Polling Institute shows that 47 percent of voters support and 32 percent oppose school district consolidation. Forty percent of registered voters did not cast ballots for school budgets on Town Meeting Day.

Board votes to close Austine School

The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Board of Directors has voted to close the Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Williams Center in June.

Montpelier to vote on revised school budget Tuesday

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

Voters in the 35 Vermont school districts that rejected budgets on Town Meeting Day trickle back to the polls.

School board consolidation proposal draws passionate crowd + video

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

There were more supporters of school board consolidation than opponents at the hearing. Twenty-three people testified against H.883, while 33 spoke in favor of the proposal.

House committees hold hearing on school board consolidation Wednesday

The House Ways and Means and Education committees will hold a public hearing on H.883, a bill that calls for the consolidation of school boards and administration, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 11 at the Statehouse. Witnesses can sign up to testify at 4:30 p.m. outside the hearing room. Each person gets two minutes […]

Teacher relicensing could become less onerous

Fifth-grade teacher Windy Kelley works with students on an editing project at Union Elementary School in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Submission of a portfolio of accomplishments every seven year may be replaced, under tentative deal.

House votes to phase out small schools grant


Starting in 2019, the grant program would be reduced by one-third each year for three years.

Rutland Northeast and Rutland Addison supervisory unions reject school consolidation

The Rutland Northeast and Rutland Addison supervisory unions on March 26 both passed resolutions officially rejecting H.833, the school consolidation bill.

Leland & Gray school budget fails a second time – by one vote

One vote. That was the margin of defeat for the Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School budget on Wednesday as residents in five member towns voted 300-299 to reject the fiscal year 2015 spending plan a second time.

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