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]

Lawmakers beat up on education tax system while setting rates

“Can you tell me why we can’t come up with a formula that you don’t have to have a Harvard degree to understand?” asked Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton.

Moulton named president of Vermont Technical College

The former secretary of the state commerce agency was one of three finalists.

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.

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.