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]

Whitingham Select Board urges residents to reject school budget

In attempt to send a message to the state, the Select Board said in a letter to residents that it is time to take a stand against the way education is funded in the state of Vermont.

Health care split sparks fireworks in teacher negotiations statewide

Local unions are insisting that taxpayers cover 95 percent to 100 percent of the price tag; the Scott administration says teachers should pay 20 percent of the cost of premiums.

Data report: Parents choose public over private schools for special education

Private schools, with a few exceptions, don’t offer a full array of programs for students with disabilities.

Brattleboro school protest targets U.S. education secretary

More than 100 Brattleboro Union High School students and staffers rallied Friday against the newly appointed Betsy DeVos.

Lawmakers elect UVM trustees, sergeant-at-arms

The Legislature elected three new members of the University of Vermont board of trustees at a joint session of the House and Senate on Thursday. Former House Speaker Shap Smith, who was a longtime Democratic representative, got the most votes with 102. Smith lost a bid for lieutenant governor last year. Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan, […]

Students help group turn advocacy into song

Students who met an education nonprofit’s challenge to produce and deliver a song about a new law were honored with a resolution in the Vermont House on Wednesday. “I believe that Act 77 gives us a reason to care about our learning and a way to apply our passions to our education,” Grace Ecklund Gustavson, […]

Committee ditches bill seen as Act 46 escape hatch

It plans to continue work on an alternative that would offer school districts new options while stopping short of making it easier for them to avoid merging.

Peacham sees its fate hanging on Act 46 revision bills

The legislation would help districts comply with the law through “alternative structures” if they don’t readily fit into a merger. By one count, 82 towns face that challenge.

UPDATED: Holcombe reappointed as education secretary

She will continue in the post she has held since being appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2014.

Lawmakers seek to bar ‘nuclear option’ in teacher talks

A bill would prohibit strikes while telling school boards they cannot impose contracts.

UVM faculty union blasts spending on executives, managers

BURLINGTON — As contract negotiations get underway between the University of Vermont and the union representing faculty, the union says the school is spending too much on managers and executives and not enough on professors. The current three-year contract expires June 30. The University of Vermont chapter of United Academics/AFT cites a study by the […]

California environmental lawyer to head Vermont Law School

Thomas J.P. McHenry is “a nationally regarded attorney with the skills, experience and relationships” to help the school thrive, said a VLS vice dean who had been a finalist.

Education leaders reassure students in wake of Trump orders

The education secretary blasted the president’s actions and declared Vermont’s moral commitment to making all students feel welcome.

Full slate of candidates set for new Northshire district board

Voters will be asked to approve the Act 46 merger involving as many as nine towns and fill its first board.