Tiffany Danitz Pache

Tiffany Danitz Pache

Tiffany Danitz Pache is VTDigger's education reporter.

Email: tpache@vtdigger.org

Twitter: @tpache

Homepage: http://vtdigger.org

    State well-positioned on new federal education law, say officials

    Recent D.C. drama is seen as just a hiccup as the state implements the successor to No Child Left Behind. Flexibility in the law and a more hands-off approach by the feds should benefit Vermont.

    Vermont State Board of Education approves more school district mergers

    Act 46 consolidation proposals are becoming more complicated and sometimes serve fewer students than past mergers. The latest include Williamstown and Northfield.

    Panel approves homestead tax rate

    Lawmakers approved the so-called “yield” bill using the same formula that has been in place for the past year.

    Mathis at center of State Board of Education dispute, again

    The board has been enmeshed in a controversy over draft rules that would change the way the board reviews private schools that accept publicly funded students.

    New property tax formula would shield lower-spending districts

    About half of all school districts would see a tax hike. The changes would be retroactive for fiscal year 2018.

    Governor appoints 2 to State Board of Education

    John O’Keefe of Manchester and former Sen. John Carroll will replace outgoing Chair Stephan Morse and Vice Chair Sean Marie Oller, sources said.

    Senate panel drops attempt to overhaul education board

    The Education Committee supported legislation creating a special group to recommend how to move forward with controversial private school rules and making various other changes to laws.

    Education committee endorses more flexibility under Act 46

    Lawmakers are trying to create more options for parts of the state that have not found it easy to meet the goals of the school district merger law.

    VSAC president urges IRS to act quickly to fix FAFSA tool

    Smack dab in the middle of peak application time for college financial aid, the IRS shut down a tool used to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form online. On March 9, the Internal Revenue Service turned off the Data Retrieval Tool, which prefilled answers to questions for applicants. The IRS said […]

    Advocates push ‘equity’ for special education students

    The debate over public funding of private schools includes whether they should have to educate all students, as long as there is room.

    ‘Error’ in private school rules has some feeling déjà vu

    “Those communities are not crazy to think it is part of a philosophical push that has been in the air for some years,” said one lawmaker, harking back to failed legislation on public money for private education.

    Administration hails district merger votes as path to savings

    Nearly 60 percent of Vermont students now live, or will soon be living, in a unified district, according to the administration.

    Voters reject 18 school budgets

    Thirty-seven budgets were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief hit a fever pitch.

    Plymouth cancels town meeting day vote on Act 46

    Plymouth voters were supposed to weigh in on an Act 46 merger vote, but the election was shut down in the early afternoon. Jim Condos, the Secretary of State, says the town will have to hold another vote. “This is an odd situation and one that I cannot remember happening in my time as Secretary […]