Pending VTC layoffs announced

Dan Smith, President of Vermont Technical College, said the school is committed to working with the state on a state laboratory proposed for the campus. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Layoffs next summer could prompt program closures, Vermont Technical College president Dan Smith told faculty. Some call the Randolph school’s financial woes a “canary in the coal mine” for the entire Vermont State College system.

Mayor weighs in on Burlington College development

Miro Weinberger. Photo by Taylor Dobbs

Miro Weinberger cites a 2001 wish list in responding to a proposed sale of 25 acres of the college’s lakefront property to developer Eric Farrell. Public access a key concern, mayor says.

Funding source for Vermont Strong Scholars program not yet identified

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

The program is one of Gov. Shumlin’s key policy initiatives. By limiting eligibility to students who start degree programs in 2015, state officials hope to buy themselves time to figure out the funding.

Burlington College agrees to land sale

The view of Lake Champlain from the offices of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Financially troubled school to sell 25 acres of lakefront property to developer Eric Farrell. It will net $3.5 million from the sale and will be absolved from its debt to the Roman Catholic Diocese, according to an MOU.

Summit turns to education financing conundrum

Members of the Green Mountain Imperative planning team corralled more than 20 competing priorities into a handful of discussion areas to keep the momentum moving on Day 2. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

After a two-day summit on education finance and equity, roughly 200 participants agreed on one thing: Change is coming to Vermont’s public education system. They’d prefer to choose the change, but they wouldn’t all choose the same direction.

Education summit seeks common ground

Evan Doe, a 10th grader at Enosburg Falls High School, takes notes for a group discussion about ways to achieve efficiency in Vermont's educational system. Photo by Hilary Niles / VTDigger

Organizers of the invitation-only event hope the varied group of 200 participants can find consensus on a handful of solutions to Vermont education’s quality and affordability puzzle.

House education funding group meets in private  

Speaker of the House Shap Smith of Lamoille County addresses members of the House at the start of the 2014 legislative session. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The House Speaker convened a 10-member working group of former, current and now-future lawmakers this fall to tackle the perennial education finance conundrum. He expects a number of recommendations to emerge from the group.

Southern Vermont College chooses next president

David Rees Evans has been named the ninth president of Southern Vermont College. Courtesy photo

David Rees Evans comes to Bennington from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Chittenden East approves voluntary school merger

Brewster Pierce School in Huntington. From the school's website.

With the exception of one elementary school in Huntington, all school districts in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union will merge effective July 1. The region is the first in the state to form a “modified” school union, a concept allowed under a recently-adopted state law.

Report: No correlation between school district size, spending and student outcomes

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

Tom Pelham of the Campaign for Vermont says the data suggest school district consolidation would neither lower spending nor improve outcomes.

Dan Smith named VTC’s permanent president

Dan Smith was named president of Vermont Technical College, removing the interim adjective he has carried for the past seven months. The Vermont State Colleges board of trustees approved the appointment Thursday. Smith will formally assume the title Nov. 19. Smith was VSC’s director of community relations and public policy before assuming the interim role […]

Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial

Children sang and played at the launch event for Let's Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign about the importance of early childhood experiences. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Neuromedical research on brain development shows that early childhood is crucial. A new film exploring the subject was screened Tuesday in Montpelier, and experts made the case that quality care in a child’s first years can have a lifetime of positive impact.

UVM maintenance workers ratify contract

BURLINGTON — Service and maintenance workers at the University of Vermont have ratified a contract with the school, UVM announced Friday. The contract gives workers an overall pay increase of 8 percent over three years, including a 2.25 percent raise retroactive to July 1. Non-represented staff and faculty also will receive a retroactive upward adjustment of […]

Interim Burlington school administrators jointly resign

Burlington School District clerk Liz Curry and chair Patrick Halladay called an emergency news conference Friday afternoon to respond to the joint resignation of the entire interim administrative leadership team. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The three-person interim leadership team of Burlington School District have announced their resignations. They said continued disrespect by school board members makes it impossible to accomplish their goals. The three had taken the reins of the district after the resignation of the former superintendent earlier this year.

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