Vermont School Boards Association

House Dems run amok?

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says the Statehouse should be democratic; arm twisting isn’t her style.

Ashe’s chief of staff pushed Montpelier School Board to leave associations

Peter Sterling, a board member, called the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association “union busters” that are “pimping” the governor’s proposal.

House goes down to the wire on teacher health benefit contract

Republicans say they will refuse to suspend the rules if House Speaker Mitzi Johnson doesn’t agree to allow debate on the school tax bill.

Geo Honigford: Statewide teachers health benefit a win for all

We have a unique opportunity to ensure equity in the health care coverage available to all school employees, while at the same time delivering millions of dollars in savings to taxpayers.

Scott predicts $26M savings from statewide teacher health plan

His proposal “goes hand in hand” with the budget bill, he said, although Senate leaders responded that the idea came too late.

Vermont NEA: Scott’s statewide health contract is ‘out of Trump’s anti-union playbook’

In a last ditch effort to find Education Fund savings this year, the Scott administration and school boards proposed a statewide health insurance plan for teachers. The union rejected the proposal, as did House and Senate leadership.

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.

‘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.

Health care split sparks fireworks in teacher negotiations statewide

Local unions are insisting that taxpayers cover 95 percent to 100 percent of the price tag; the Scott administration says teachers should pay 20 percent of the cost of premiums.

State board struggles to bring public, private schools together

A gulf still remains on some aspects of revising controversial draft rules about the public funding of private schools.

Nicole Mace: Civil discourse in education

Two issues that challenge the education community’s ability to engage in civil discourse are changes to employee health care plans and revisions to the rules governing independent schools.

State Board, despite political pressure, moves private school rule forward

The members of the state board voted unanimously to revise the rules and take them directly to the Secretary of State.

Teachers union warns boards of showdown over health plans

The union says it will charge school districts with unfair labor practices if they don’t maintain the same level of benefits teachers get now while making a transition to new coverage.

Vermont NEA loses seat on teachers health insurance board

The membership of the Vermont Education Health Initiative voted Friday to replace the president of the Vermont NEA with the director of the Vermont School Boards Association.