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]

Senators propose limiting powers, role of state education board

Sens. Dick Sears and Brian Campion, both Bennington County Democrats, say they were responding to rule changes the board is weighing for private schools. The senators would hand rulemaking over to the Education Agency.

Kingdom turns out in force to speak up for private education

Some 80 people wanted to address the State Board of Education on its proposed requirements for private schools receiving public tuition dollars. St. Johnsbury Academy already meets many of the qualifications.

Sorrell to teach in Vermont Law School’s overseas program

Outgoing Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is set to join the faculty of Vermont Law School in January as a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law. “I am most grateful to Vermont Law School for providing me this opportunity for an extraordinary overseas experience shortly after I complete my time as attorney […]

UVM offers fee break, other programs to lower-income students

BURLINGTON — In the future, Vermonters with Pell grants will not have to pay several thousand dollars in annual fees to attend the University of Vermont, school officials announced Tuesday. The change will start with the class that enters UVM in fall 2017. To receive a federal Pell grant, students must demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible […]

UPDATED: Students: VTC practical nursing program not meeting expectations

Fifteen students filed a formal complaint citing technical problems and a lack of faculty support that they say have led to more than half the class failing this semester.

Lot sale paves way for Champlain College housing project

The college plans to start the $36 million project in December. The new six-story building will have 104 apartments with living space for 314 students.

Lyndon-Johnson merger yields ‘Northern Vermont University’

Lyndon State and Johnson State college graduates starting with the class of 2022 will have a degree from Northern Vermont University. In September the Vermont State Colleges System board decided to unite the two colleges, and on Wednesday the trustees chose a name. The two colleges are merging into one institution with two campuses to […]

Budgeting and funding changes after Act 46

Simpler school governance will produce myriad benefits, says Brad James, the state’s education finance manager.

Education board chair hails ‘huge success’ of Act 46

Stephan Morse said the number of study committees and approved mergers shows that the law is a “solution that seems to be working.” He opposes any significant legislative change.

School systems set for study of special education costs, quality

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union is one of the larger ones selected among the 10. The aim is to find ways to help all schools save money while delivering quality care.

Vermont educators brace for new federal school accountability system

Vermont has a different philosophy than the federal government when it comes to school accountability, which has put the two at odds in the past.

Meeting on private school rules set for Dec. 12

MANCHESTER — A State Board of Education meeting in Manchester on controversial new rules for private schools was postponed until Dec. 12 after a request from an opponent of the proposed changes. State Rep. Oliver Olsen, I-Londonderry, had written to Stephan Morse, chairman of the state board, seeking postponement of a Nov. 22 session in […]

Holcombe to apply as search starts for next education chief

Gov.-elect Phil Scott has asked the State Board of Education to start a search for the next secretary of education, according to a news release from the board. Board Chair Stephan Morse said Tuesday that he had appointed a subcommittee to start the search, which he hopes will be finished by the board’s January meeting. […]

Tests show many high-schoolers aren’t on track for college

A VTDigger analysis of statewide scores also showed that private schools don’t necessarily outperform public ones, and spending doesn’t predict results.