Vermont Agency of Education

State well-positioned on new federal education law, say officials

Recent D.C. drama is seen as just a hiccup as the state implements the successor to No Child Left Behind. Flexibility in the law and a more hands-off approach by the feds should benefit Vermont.

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.

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.

Board puts off private school rules amid talk of political sway

Members agreed they need the Education Agency’s input, which they haven’t had since August. How to make that happen was a matter of some disagreement.

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.

Data report: Parents choose public over private schools for special education

Private schools, with a few exceptions, don’t offer a full array of programs for students with disabilities.

UPDATED: Holcombe reappointed as education secretary

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

Vermont Youth Take on Flavored Tobacco

News Release — Vermont Department of Health February 2, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Students to rally at the State House and meet with legislators about the dangers flavored tobacco products and advertising pose to young Vermonters MONTPELIER – Gummy bear, cotton candy, bubble gum and peanut butter cup are among the […]

Vermont state board looks to correct ‘mistakes’ in private school rules

Board members say they never intended to hurt the state’s school choice system.

Senators propose limiting powers, role of state education board

Sens. Dick Sears and Brian Campion, both Bennington County Democrats, say they were responding to rule changes the board is weighing for private schools. The senators would hand rulemaking over to the Education Agency.

Kingdom turns out in force to speak up for private education

Some 80 people wanted to address the State Board of Education on its proposed requirements for private schools receiving public tuition dollars. St. Johnsbury Academy already meets many of the qualifications.

School systems set for study of special education costs, quality

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union is one of the larger ones selected among the 10. The aim is to find ways to help all schools save money while delivering quality care.

Tests show many high-schoolers aren’t on track for college

A VTDigger analysis of statewide scores also showed that private schools don’t necessarily outperform public ones, and spending doesn’t predict results.