Education

VTDigger publishes a wide range of stories about Vermont’s educational system from early childhood education issues to public and private K-12 schools to higher education. Our education reporter is Tiffany Pache. She can be reached at [email protected]

Political wrangling over private school rules splits Vermont Legislature

The state board entered “a game of chicken with the Legislature.”

After defeat, Royalton residents seek new merger vote

One of the residents said she was convinced a revote was needed when community members began telling her they voted against the plan without understanding all the facts.

Education finance bill emerges with tax rate boost

The Senate Finance Committee voted out a bill with higher property tax rates than the version the House passed.

State erasing alleged bias on district merger exemptions

Some had argued the standards for districts that couldn’t or didn’t want to merge were more stringent than the rules for those that were uniting under the law.

Vermont NEA: Scott’s statewide health contract is ‘out of Trump’s anti-union playbook’

In a last ditch effort to find Education Fund savings this year, the Scott administration and school boards proposed a statewide health insurance plan for teachers. The union rejected the proposal, as did House and Senate leadership.

House committee puts own spin on Act 46 flexibility

The panel accommodated requests from more than 30 House members to add more language from H.15, a bill once described as offering so much flexibility as to gut the intent of Act 46.

Rutland’s College of St. Joseph names new president

Larry Jensen has been chosen as its sixth president. He has been serving in an interim capacity since last year.

No deal in latest Burlington school talks, but new round set

“I’m optimistic that the parties can reach an agreement,” said a mediator who presided over a negotiating session last week.

Vermont submits education plan to feds

The plan is the state’s response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind.

White River Valley school district merger fails

Anti-merger advocates in South Royalton suggested that residents would lose their school if they voted for the district consolidation plan.

Proposal to shift more money into pre-K subsidies languishes

The property tax implications of transferring money out of the education fund generated some criticism. The bill also aims to iron out issues with implementing universal preschool.

UPDATED: No trespass order lifted for South Burlington man

Harassment charges stemmed from an ongoing debate about the Rebel nickname. Opponents of the name say it is racist because of its link with the Confederacy. The school board voted two months ago to change the name.

UPDATED: No trespass order on South Burlington man lifted

Dan Emmons’ attorney: “He is the wrong ideological persuasion for the South Burlington School District. You can’t throw someone out of the local school district because you don’t like them.”

South Burlington voters turn down $50M budget, again

The school board found $810,814 worth of savings while re-tooling the spending plan.