Thirty-eight Vermont school districts and supervisory unions are under “targeted monitoring” from the state. Superintendents are pointing fingers at the state Agency of Education.
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In housing program, motels named their price. What did Vermont’s most vulnerable get in exchange?
With nowhere else to go — and even fewer rights than a typical renter — Vermonters relying on a state-run program for shelter have had little recourse when they’ve run into poor treatment or conditions.
Cause or no cause? Brattleboro voters to consider 'just cause' eviction charter change
Economically vulnerable tenants are looking to the proposed charter change as a way to add some stability to their lives and ensure that they can keep a roof over their heads.
Ghosn & Smiley: Voices of people experiencing homelessness
We must come together and be the example for how a community can overcome even the most entrenched, rooted social issue of our country.
For Vermonters with disabilities, the search for housing is even harder
“Housing for people with disabilities is a huge crisis,” said Peter Johnke, deputy director of the nonprofit Vermont Center for Independent Living.
‘I want my money back’: Rental application fees rampant despite Vermont’s prohibition
Vermont has one of the country’s strictest prohibitions on application fees, outlawing them entirely for more than two decades. But a VTDigger investigation found that rental fees remain rampant and that affected applicants across the state could be eligible for refunds.
Feds extend Vermont’s Medicaid waiver program to help underinsured residents and boost Medicaid reimbursements
The state-federal safety net program should help some Vermonters pay for services that private insurance does not cover.
Vermont has rules about suspending students. Parents and advocates say some schools are breaking them.
Advocates say students are being pulled out of class without the legal suspension process. During the pandemic, they say, the practice has grown more common.
Staffing woes plague special education, shorting students and driving up costs
Advocates and administrators say the situation has become dire, as schools turn to expensive traveling educator agencies and struggle to hire for summer programs.
Rachel Batterson: When it comes to housing, be a YIMBY
NIMBY opposition makes it expensive to build below-market homes. So, fewer homes get built and most of them in low-opportunity locations where there’s less opposition. This concentrates poverty.
‘I’m not that person anymore’: Proposal seeks to expand eligibility to clear past crimes
The legislation would make all misdemeanor convictions — with exceptions for violent crimes such as sexual exploitation of a child and domestic violence offenses — eligible for sealing. Certain felony offenses are also covered under the legislation.
Vermont’s long-term care facilities face ‘urgent’ staffing shortages
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities struggled to keep enough staff, and resident quality of care has suffered, a recent report to state lawmakers shows.
Sandra Paritz: Why housing still isn’t considered a human right
Once you know the real story behind a person who is homeless, you cannot tell yourself the false and simplified narratives that allow you to just keep walking.
Vermont Legal Aid sues on behalf of Vermonters denied jobless benefits
The lawsuit seeks to force the state to expedite appeal hearings for more than 600 Vermonters who have waited up to six months to get their cases heard.