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]

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.

Bennington’s UCS Head Start awarded $1.2 million federal grant

Funds will support comprehensive child care to 48 low-income infants, toddlers and their families to prepare the children for transition into Head Start and preschool.

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.

Burlington School Board declares contract talks impasse

Declaring an impasse will allow the two sides to bring in a mediator and factfinder to help broker a new contract

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.

Professor: ‘I feared for my life’ from overzealous mob

She said protesters’ anger at speaker Charles Murray, while wrongly expressed, was understandable in light of the “ugly” rhetoric from President Trump and its consequences.

Bennington election sweep boosts momentum for Act 46 talks

Three candidates who have said they’re open to or support the concept of a regional school district were elected in place of three skeptics or outright opponents.

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 […]

Burlington School Board: Union won’t negotiate in public

BURLINGTON — The Burlington School Board is crying foul because it says the city’s teachers union is refusing to hold public negotiations for its upcoming contract. “The people of Burlington want transparency,” said board Chair Mark Porter in a statement Monday. “We’ve made a concerted effort from the beginning to follow the same open negotiation […]

McKibben chastises Middlebury protesters for hurting the cause

The activist, a scholar in residence at the college, says those who shouted down speaker Charles Murray appeared to show intolerance and “gave the bad guys a gift.”