NECAP science scores down

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Scores dropped noticeably from 2013. Vermont education leaders say the federal No Child Left Behind focus on reading and math takes class time away from hands-on science education.

CCV gets $2.4 million for job training

Job training at the Community College of Vermont in Waterbury received a $2.4 million boost from a federal award announced Monday by Vermont’s congressional delegation and Gov. Peter Shumlin. The money is part of a $2 billion U.S. Department of Labor program to support workforce development at community colleges across the country. “In order for […]

AG looking into Burlington College’s diversion of scholarship fund

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

The financially troubled school says it is cooperating with an investigation into whether it should have used principal from a scholarship trust fund to pay operating expenses.

Home child care providers file for union election

Children play at the Turtle Island Children's Center in Montpelier. Photo by Alicia Freese

A group of home-based child care providers who serve families receiving government child care subsidies this week moved one step closer to unionizing, the American Federation of Teachers announced Friday. A majority of the providers asked the state’s Labor Relations Board to begin the process of certifying the union, according to the AFT. For that […]

Big Heavy World relocates to Burlington College

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

Burlington College is trying to get out of debt, but it will provide free space to Big Heavy World, a nonprofit organization that promotes local music. The move will create synergy, if not revenue.

State hires new company to provide services for deaf students

Austine School and the Vermont center for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

Nine East Network will take over for the recently closed Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There are no plans to replace the closed Austine School, although some would prefer a central facility for deaf students.

VSEA seeks to unionize UVM staff

UVM Green overlooking the Waterman Building. Photo by Sally McCay, UVM Photo

The Vermont State Employees Association will seek to organize about 800 non-teaching staff at the University of Vermont. The move comes about two years after a failed attempt by the Vermont-NEA.  

Stowe still No. 1 school tax sending town

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Stowe will send more than $19.4 million to the Education Fund this year — $2.2 million more than the No. 2 town — according to information compiled by the Vermont Agency of Education.

Margolis: Schools likely to remain small and expensive

A classroom at Montpelier High School awaits students. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

Better get used to it, Vermont will always have a low teacher-pupil ratio and a high per-pupil cost compared to most other states.

Burlington College’s future depends on community support, interim leader says

Former FairPoint Communications executive Mike Smith is the interim president of Burlington College. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Burlington College needs cash first, then more students, Mike Smith says. The former head of FairPoint in Vermont believes the financially troubled school can recover, if supporters want it to.

UVM urges departments to become financially self-sufficient

UVM Green overlooking the Waterman Building. Photo by Sally McCay, UVM Photo

The University of Vermont is moving to an incentive-based budget process in which departments would, in some ways, compete for enrollment.

Interim leaders vow to save Burlington College

Burlington College Board of Trustees President Yves Bradley (center) is joined by Mike Smith and Jane Knodell as the school announces its interim leadership team following the resignation of former President Christine Plunkett. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Three community leaders step in to address financial crisis after President Christine Plunkett resigns under pressure from faculty and students.

UVM, faculty declare impasse in contract negotiations

The Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont. VTD/Josh Larkin

The University of Vermont and its 800 unionized faculty have started classes without a contract to replace one that expired June 30. Salaries and health insurance are the main sticking points. The talks next move to a fact finder.

Landmark College starts work on $10 million science center

Harold Nahigian, Robert Lewis, Nan Strauch and Peter Eden take part in the groundbreaking ceremony at Landmark College Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Brattleboro Reformer photo

The 28,500-square-foot building will provide the school with new science and computer labs, as well as conference and meeting rooms that college officials hope will draw educators from around the world to do research on teaching students with learning disabilities.

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