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.”

Advocates push ‘equity’ for special education students

The debate over public funding of private schools includes whether they should have to educate all students, as long as there is room.

‘Error’ in private school rules has some feeling déjà vu

“Those communities are not crazy to think it is part of a philosophical push that has been in the air for some years,” said one lawmaker, harking back to failed legislation on public money for private education.

Rutland Police investigate student ‘fight club’

A possible “flight club” captured on video and posted online has prompted a police investigation in Rutland. Police would say little, other than to confirm a probe is underway. No serious injuries were reported. Rutland City Police Chief Brian Kilcullen could not be reached for comment. The video shared on social media shows fist fights, […]

Administration hails district merger votes as path to savings

Nearly 60 percent of Vermont students now live, or will soon be living, in a unified district, according to the administration.

Voters reject 18 school budgets

Thirty-seven budgets were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief hit a fever pitch.

Most town meeting merger votes yield consolidated districts

Some will involve fewer towns than they could have, and two of the rejections hung on a single voter’s ballot in Wells.

Wolk to end 16-year run as Castleton University president

He is the longest-serving president in the institution’s history by four years.

Northshire school district merger overwhelmingly approved

The merger passed in every town by at least a 2-to-1 margin, according to an official. It will combine districts in nine towns into one, with about 1,700 students.

Windham County Act 46 votes a mixed bag

Voters in Windham Central Supervisory Union accepted one school district merger but rejected another. In Windham Northeast, a merger of four towns failed.

College: Discipline will follow probe of speech protest

The Middlebury president promised an independent investigation. Police also will look into allegations that a protester injured a professor.

Town meeting preview: Act 46 school district mergers

Residents in 57 school districts will vote Tuesday on whether to merge into 10 larger districts. If all are approved, Vermont will shed two supervisory unions.