Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would put the state’s testing program on hold and provide up to $16 million to the Burlington School District. It faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth is opposed.
Author: Peter D'Auria
Vermont House advances stricter regulations on private schools taking public tuition
The bill would tighten rules on independent schools — including a provision that would mandate open enrollment for students attending with public dollars.
A chapel, 2 ex-governors and a lawsuit over ‘cancel culture’
Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has filed a lawsuit against Middlebury College alleging that its decision to remove former Gov. John Mead’s name from a chapel amounts to “cancel culture.”
Goddard College staff on strike after breakdown in contract negotiations
UAW Local 2322, the staff union, accused the college administration of holding cost-of-living adjustments hostage. Goddard’s president said the union was refusing to accept standard contract language.
Final Reading: Lawmakers consider limiting private schools’ ability to turn away students
The bill would impose new regulations on independent schools that accept public tuition money.
Equity organizations and lawmakers call on Legislature to strengthen school mascot law
In a letter, 51 advocates and lawmakers called for new legislation around school mascots, saying that the current law “has failed.”
Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French to depart for education administrators’ nonprofit
French, who has served in the cabinet post since 2018, will leave for a job at the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Lawmakers mull ‘threat assessment teams’ in school safety bill
A day before the crossover deadline, advocacy groups spoke out against a proposal that would require law enforcement officials to be involved in monitoring school threats.
Twin Valley School District failed to address harassment and ‘hostile educational environment,’ federal investigation finds
As part of a settlement with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Twin Valley will update its policies and procedures and conduct regular assessments of the environment at Twin Valley Middle-High School.
In North Country Supervisory Union, officials fear that federal money will subsidize discrimination
For years, private religious schools in Vermont have been able to benefit from federal dollars. But what if they don’t follow anti-discrimination laws?