Some worry school funding problems being kicked down road

“I am concerned this sets up an increase in taxes next year, but that ship has sailed,” said Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington.

Montpelier-Roxbury the only one of week’s mergers to get nod

A Cabot-Danville-Twinfield school district unification failed in two of the communities, while Rochester backed out of its earlier endorsement of a combination with Royalton and Bethel.

UPDATED: Compromise boxes in teacher health care negotiations

The deal between Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers requires school boards to either negotiate Scott’s preferred health care plans or dig into their budgets to save money for taxpayers.

UPDATED: Deal reached in effort to end veto stalemate

“I think we have a strong compromise that everybody will be able to say yes to,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. The issue was how to find savings on teacher health benefits.

Tale of three towns: Act 46 realities pressure small schools

Cabot and Rochester will vote this week on plans that would discontinue their high schools, while Ludlow has already rejected one.

School board members form rival lobbying group

Members of the new alliance are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s stance on the school district consolidation law, Act 46.

Annual ranking puts Vermont third for child well-being

Vermont’s spending on education, health care and the social safety net helped place it third among states in an annual ranking of child well-being.

Burlington School Board wades into health benefits debate

The board came out against the idea — put forward by some legislators near the end of the session — to force budget cuts if districts didn’t reach a certain outcome in negotiations with teachers.

Royalton voters approve merger

The ‘yes’ vote sets the stage for mergers in seven school districts in the White River region.

Act 46 revisions have some looking to step off current path

Rochester is already well along in the process of finding a merger partner, but some residents wonder if new options written into the law let them back up and go a different way.

Act 46 alternative school district merger rules approved

A legislative panel gives school districts more consolidation options.

As home-based day care dwindles, new rules not clear reason

Of the slightly more than half of child care operators who gave a reason for their closure during the first three-quarters of the fiscal year, only 2 percent cited new regulations.

With second merger vote looming, Royalton asks, ‘What if?’

Residents met this week to hear about their options, which also hinge on what happens in a revote in Rochester that’s scheduled after theirs.

Legislative wrap 2017: Education

Lawmakers gave school districts more flexibility for mergers and punted a decision on private school rules.