Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would put the state’s testing program on hold and provide up to $16 million to the Burlington School District. It faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth is opposed.
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Vermont House advances stricter regulations on private schools taking public tuition
The bill would tighten rules on independent schools — including a provision that would mandate open enrollment for students attending with public dollars.
Vermont Conversation: A literacy crusader fights poverty and prejudice with books
The literacy gap is wide. Nationally and in Vermont, more than two-thirds of fourth graders read below grade level, according to the Literacy Network.
DOJ releases Burlington School District from sex discrimination settlement
According to a letter from the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s office, the district has satisfied the terms of a 2019 settlement following an investigation into sex-based harassment in Burlington schools.
Dartmouth finds Native American remains in collections
The Hood Museum of Art and the Dartmouth Anthropology Department have discovered the skeletal remains of 15 Native Americans in its collections, the college announced Tuesday.
Vermont Supreme Court ruling could offer ‘road map’ to statewide school choice
The families who filed suit argued that the state law permitting some students access to tuition is unfair on its face, meaning that there is no circumstance under which the law could be valid.
A chapel, 2 ex-governors and a lawsuit over ‘cancel culture’
Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has filed a lawsuit against Middlebury College alleging that its decision to remove former Gov. John Mead’s name from a chapel amounts to “cancel culture.”
Fingerprint processing delays are preventing child care businesses from fully onboarding new staff
Amidst an already dire staffing shortage, child care providers now face fingerprint processing delays that can take three months or more. While new hires wait for their prints to come back, they can’t be left alone with children.
Goddard College staff on strike after breakdown in contract negotiations
UAW Local 2322, the staff union, accused the college administration of holding cost-of-living adjustments hostage. Goddard’s president said the union was refusing to accept standard contract language.
Camels Hump 8th grader wins Vermont spelling bee for 2nd year in a row
The winner and runner-up went back and forth for 10 rounds. Some of the final words included “pyrite,” “civet,” “beaucoup,” “sousaphone” and “unctuous.”