Philip Baruth

New Leahy biography rips up the usual script

Philip Baruth’s “Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes” promises the “blockbuster” story of “arguably the most powerful lawmaker Vermonters have ever sent to Washington.”

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.

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.

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.

Senators aim to bring education board to heel over school rules

Proposed legislation would throw out the draft rules, give private schools a board seat and require members to hew to legislative intent in rulemaking.

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.

Education panel rejects key part of Scott’s budget plan

His proposal for overhauling education spending rests largely on having towns postpone their school budget votes until May. But lawmakers weren’t receptive to that idea Tuesday.

Digger Dialogue: Baruth has finger on the pulse of Act 46

School district mergers are moving forward at a brisk pace under the law, but the new chair of the Senate Education Committee says school mergers won’t follow unless that’s what local voters want.

Education chair plans deliberate approach to Act 46 changes

Sen. Philip Baruth wants to continue gathering ideas before crafting legislation. The panel has received one lawmaker’s proposal and input from the Vermont School Boards Association.

Senate briefed on updated sexual harassment policies

The sexual harassment rules were updated after former Senator Norm McAllister was accused of criminal sexual assault.

Main Street Alliance of Vermont Recognizes Business and Legislators of the Year

News Release — Main Street Alliance of Vermont Dec. 7, 2016 Contact: Kaycie Miltenberger, Communications Associate, Main Street Alliance of Vermont, 802-585-6242, [email protected] Stowe, VT – Main Street Alliance of Vermont held their year end celebration at the Alchemist Brewery on Sunday night where they awarded, Stephanie Hainely, COO of White + Burke, its 2016 […]

Baruth backs Ashe as next Senate President Pro Tem

The Senate majority leader has thrown his support behind Sen. Tim Ashe to be the next Senate President Pro Tempore. Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, had been considering running for the top Senate job himself but said Friday he would support Ashe, a Democrat/Progressive, also from Chittenden County. Sen. John Campbell, the current pro tem, is […]