Rebecca Holcombe

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.

Vermont officials reaffirm protections for transgender kids

Regardless of action at the federal level, a 2007 law protects Vermonters from gender identity discrimination, including in schools, say state officials.

Rebecca Holcombe: Both federal and state education goals stress continuous improvement

The Every Student Succeeds Act focuses attention and funds on our most vulnerable children – a goal unequivocally championed by Gov. Phil Scott in his inaugural address.

UPDATED: Holcombe reappointed as education secretary

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

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.

Request to delay school budget votes fares no better in House

The administration — already rebuffed by a Senate panel — wanted to focus on that aspect of the governor’s education proposal. But House committee members raised broad issues with the overall plan.

Lawmakers address pre-K glitch that could affect tax rates

The bill is meant to ensure an accurate headcount of pre-kindergarten students.

Holcombe to apply as search starts for next education chief

Gov.-elect Phil Scott has asked the State Board of Education to start a search for the next secretary of education, according to a news release from the board. Board Chair Stephan Morse said Tuesday that he had appointed a subcommittee to start the search, which he hopes will be finished by the board’s January meeting. […]

State rejects Windham Southwest Supervisory Union merger plan

Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe wrote that “the proposal appears to present a plan to maintain the status quo …”

Vermont students in low-income areas perform poorly on tests

Agency of Education data shows uneven student performance across schools, and reveals that low-income and special education students are still underserved.

Vermont education officials balk at tests’ price increase

A nonprofit whose federal funding is expiring is raising prices for its assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities — from $39 to $459 per test, hiking Vermont’s annual expense from $77,000 to 423,000.

Rebecca Holcombe: Summer programs are needed

With gaps in family resources and achievement widening, fun and learning will help level the field.

Vermont offers universal pre-K this fall

The program starts this fall and is available to all families, regardless of income.

School choice statement takes board back into minefield

The state board reiterated its position that newly merged districts can’t both operate a school and tuition students in the same grades, but members made clear the prohibition applies to the remaining phases of Act 46 implementation.