New teacher contracts illustrate challenge of saving

Four of the eight agreements include the premium sharing the governor says the state can achieve. Legislative analysts say other assumptions would have to hold true for his plan to work.

Confused about the debate over teacher health care contracts? Read this explainer

An important feature of the VEHI plans are Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts that would be used to defray out of pocket costs for teachers.

Merger incentives survive negotiations over education bill

A conference committee worked out a deal reflecting both legislative chambers’ priority issues. For the Senate the sticking point had to do with draft rules on private schools.

Hinesburg school tries to help student over immigration status

Officials say the youth, a refugee, would need a green card and other documentation to go on the annual class trip to Montreal.

Discipline process grinds on for Middlebury protesters

Students say it has been confusing and stressful. The college won’t comment on the specifics until after the sanctions process is complete.

Scott chosen as Burr & Burton commencement speaker

(This story by Greg Sukiennik was published in the Bennington Banner on May 9, 2017.) MANCHESTER — Gov. Phil Scott will be the keynote speaker at Burr and Burton Academy’s 184th commencement exercises next month, the school announced Monday. Headmaster Mark Tashjian made the announcement at the school’s regular school-wide Monday morning meeting, according to […]

Scott officials insist statewide teacher health care contract will save money

The tax commissioner said Monday that last week’s House floor debate was filled with “misinformation” about whether savings under the Scott-backed plan were real.

Vermont Law School receives $17 million federal loan

It will help the school restructure debt and shift its emphasis more toward online courses. The loan was approved in January but not announced publicly.

Ashe’s chief of staff pushed Montpelier School Board to leave associations

Peter Sterling, a board member, called the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association “union busters” that are “pimping” the governor’s proposal.

Royalton residents successfully petition for merger revote

Last month’s no vote not only affected Royalton and its merger partners, but also prevented other towns from realizing their merger plans.

House goes down to the wire on teacher health benefit contract

Republicans say they will refuse to suspend the rules if House Speaker Mitzi Johnson doesn’t agree to allow debate on the school tax bill.

State board approves merger plan that comes with conditions

In Caledonia County, several districts would combine only if another merger or a change in statute comes about that would result in tax breaks. The board also OK’d proposals in southern Vermont.

Panel pans plan to extend phase-out of ‘phantom’ students

In the waning days of the 2017 legislative session, a Rochester lawmaker tried to buy more time for a provision that allows small schools to artificially lower tax rates, but the House didn’t go for it. Rep. Sandy Haas, P-Rochester, proposed an amendment that would have given school districts one more year before the state […]

House coalition pushes for debate on statewide teacher health care contract proposal

A group of House Republicans, independents and blue dog Democrats support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to absorb one-time teacher health care savings of $26 million.