Vermont School Boards Association

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.

Income disparity hurting Vermont schools, agency secretary says

The United States has a higher level of income inequality than any other western nation. And in areas where families don’t have the resources to support children, education suffers, a leading expert told Vermont school board members and superintendents at an annual meeting on Thursday. “Achievement is not just about gaps it is also about […]

Record number of school contracts expire in June

Health care reform deadlines are the reason so many contracts are coming due at the same time.

Geo Honigford: Building a brighter future for Vermont’s students

Act 46 is not aimed at consolidating schools, rather it is intended to address the fiscal, equality and opportunity issues that our schools are facing.

Nicole Mace: School board leadership in a historic time

Act 46 calls on school boards and communities to have a much-needed conversation about how to design a better system while preserving our commitment to high quality public education.

Steve Dale retires as head of school boards group

The Vermont School Boards Association on Monday announced the retirement of executive director Steve Dale. Dale has served as head of the VSBA since 2011, and will leave his position at the end of August, the association stated. VSBA general counsel Nicole Mace will replace Dale on Sept. 1. The VSBA is an organization representing […]

Union official says Shumlin missed opportunity to save money on school health care costs

Joel Cook of the Vermont NEA urged a “go slow” approach to consolidation; Jeff Francis of the Vermont Superintendents Association says education system is “out of balance”; Stephen Dale of the Vermont School Boards Association says there needs to be “some movement toward property tax relief.”