Education

Vermonters for Schools and Community advocate for local control of education

Susan Clark, of Vermonters for Schools and Community, speaking at House Education Committee hearing. Photo by Amy Nixon/VTDigger

Members of the citizens group testified before the House Education Committee Tuesday.

School business managers testify to benefits of district consolidation

Richard C. Pembroke  Jr. (left), chief financial officer for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and Grant Geisler, executive director of operations and CFO for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, testify at a House Education Committee meeting. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

School consolidations need to occur, and forming statewide, pre-K-12 school districts is the way to do it, according to the Vermont Association of School Business Officials.

Windsor Northwest, Orange-Windsor Supervisory Unions merge

Stephen Dale

The marriage of the two school districts is a real-life example of consolidation, a hot topic among lawmakers in Montpelier.

Report critical of school consolidation rebutted by state officials

Education Sec. Rebecca Holcombe testifies before the House Education Committee on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

State officials took issue with a report written by two Vermonters who are doctoral candidates at Penn State University, and rebutted it in a page-by-page analysis before the researchers arrived on Thursday to present scheduled testimony.

Reduce unfunded education mandates to ease property taxes, VLCT chief says

Steve Jeffrey

Steven Jeffrey, executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, says the state has a serious issue with rising education property tax rates. Education funding — and specifically property tax — loom large on the agenda for the House and Senate Education Committees, and Jeffrey echoed the calls of citizens across Vermont to […]

Dartmouth disciplines 64 students for cheating in sports, religion and ethics class

This article is by Rob Wolfe of the Valley News, in which it was first published Jan. 22, 2015. It has been abridged. HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College has finalized sanctions for 64 students accused of cheating in a sports, religion and ethics class last fall, handing down punishments ranging from probation to two-term suspension. […]

System to collect, share education data begins rollout

Brian Townsend, director of  information technology for the Vermont Agency of Education. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

State looks to establish streamlined data reporting and analysis system for all K-12 schools.

Bill would expand school choice to grades 7 and 8

A bill that would expand public high school choice to grades 7 and 8 was introduced in the House on Tuesday. The proposal, H.32, has 15 sponsors, including all five members of the House Education Committee. Rep. Scott Beck, R-St. Johnsbury, a freshman on the committee, said the bill builds on previous legislation that permits […]

Lawmakers pitch changes to the state’s education system

Rep. Tony Klein, D-Montpelier, announces his education legislation at the Democratic Caucus on Tuesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Several legislators pitched bills to their fellow Democratic House members Tuesday, including an education funding bill.

Chittenden East blazes trail with modified school district

Andrew Pond is vice chairman of the new Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

House Education Committee hears from representative of Bolton-area elementary school districts that voted to be served by a single board.

Penn State report: School consolidation won’t resolve Vermont’s educational challenges

Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, and Rep.  Bernie Juskiewicz, R-Cambridge, listen to testimony in the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Researchers conclude that district consolidation doesn’t produce financial savings or lower per pupil costs.

Burlington College land deal closing delayed

The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

School says paperwork not in order yet

Education funding too confusing, expert says

Paul Cillo, president of the Public Assets Institute, testified before the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

How can Vermont’s economy be recovering from the recession and still see stagnant wages and rising homelessness? asks Paul Cillo of Public Assets Institute.

Holcombe shifts debate to school size

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe testifies before the House Education Committee on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Vermont is an outlier nationally when it comes to school size. In other states, a small school typically has 200 to 300 students. The average number of students enrolled in a Vermont school is 285.

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