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]

State colleges approve balanced budget with more state aid

It’s the first time in several years that the Vermont State Colleges System hasn’t faced a shortfall. Savings are coming from debt restructuring and the merger of Lyndon and Johnson.

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.

Windham Southeast gets info, but no Act 46 advice

After the supervisory union asked for help with school merger talks, two state Agency of Education officials visited Wednesday. They answered numerous questions but declined to say how to proceed.

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.

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.

Montpelier-Roxbury district merger goes to voters next week

Proponents say it will ease tax burdens for residents of both towns, but especially tiny Roxbury. Voters in Montpelier also will decide on an unrelated tax stabilization question.

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.

Black Lives Matter calls for resignation of Milton superintendent

A student who was upset about discrimination was suspended from school.

Act 46 alternative school district merger rules approved

A legislative panel gives school districts more consolidation options.

Stamford eyes in interstate school district with Massachusetts town

After overwhelmingly rejecting a merger with Readsboro and Halifax, the town is investigating affiliating with a school across the border in Massachusetts. However, that would require approval from both the Vermont and Massachusetts legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

Voting mistake leads to Act 46 do-over in Dover

State officials have discovered that the question put to residents in March included flawed language regarding school closures. A revote has been scheduled for July 11.