Vermont is among 10 states losing money because school districts are too small. By merging into larger districts and eliminating redundant costs, researchers estimated the state would save more than $54 million.
Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe predicts a 7 to 9-cent tax increase, at least, unless the state can find millions of dollars in cuts.
As districts take advantage of the new flexibility under a new school consolidation law, the Board of Education is becoming more rigid in its assessments of merger proposals.
After two high-profile internet threats last year, Vermont schools review and commit to safety procedures.
Vermont education officials say they’re more comfortable with new federal standards than they were with the No Child Left Behind Act.
After a stint as a top budget officer, Emily Byrne has moved to the Agency of Education.
“Like me, she actually has less power than they think,” Rebecca Holcombe said of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “She can’t make radical changes … without the support of Congress.”
Residents met this week to hear about their options, which also hinge on what happens in a revote in Rochester that’s scheduled after theirs.
The Senate confirmed the governor’s appointment of Rebecca Holcombe to remain secretary of education Thursday. Sen. Philip Baruth, D/P-Chittenden, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, said her appointment was the best decision Gov. Phil Scott could have made. “I think she is one of the most intelligent and adept at policy in her role […]
The secretary says Bill Talbott is the only person she knows who has the Green Book — a thick tome that is Vermont’s education law — memorized.
The plan is the state’s response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind.
The property tax implications of transferring money out of the education fund generated some criticism. The bill also aims to iron out issues with implementing universal preschool.
After a long process of community conversations, the school districts of Rochester, Bethel and Royalton vote Tuesday on a merger plan.
Nearly 60 percent of Vermont students now live, or will soon be living, in a unified district, according to the administration.