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State News
July 2, 2015

Legislature, governor create child care commission

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

A lack of high-quality early learning opportunities for Vermont’s young children has led the Vt. Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin to form a Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care.

The commission will collect information on the…

Local News
June 17, 2015

VSC may change Castleton State to Castleton University

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

When the newly formed long-range planning committee of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) system meets, one of the topics under discussion will be changing Castleton State College’s name to Castleton University.

VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding on Tuesday confirmed that a…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

Senate Appropriations restores small schools grants

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

The Senate Appropriations Committee late Wednesday, May 6, approved an education governance reform bill after preserving small school grants.

Both the House and Senate versions of H.361 had called for phaseouts of state supports, which included small…

Local News
April 30, 2015

Senate committee unanimously adopts education reform bill

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed H.361, the education reform bill, after taking testimony Wednesday, April 22, from 48 people. Of those, 25 supported the legislation and 23 opposed it, according to Rep. Bernie Juskiewicz, vice chair of…

Senate panel to approve education governance bill
Local News
April 22, 2015

Senate panel to approve education governance bill

The Great Divide

Enrollment, Staffing and Spending Trends, 2001-2014

Data: Vermont Agency of Education. Chart by Diane Zeigler / VTDigger.org

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

The Senate Education Committee was expected to…

Local News
April 15, 2015

Education tax rate increase lower than last year

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

The House-proposed statewide property tax increase is lower than the rate of growth that the Legislature passed last year.

The state needed to generate $50 million to support increases in statewide education spending for the…

State News
April 8, 2015

Small and Rural Schools Caucus forms in House

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

As a bill that requires larger school systems works its way through the Legislature, a group of House lawmakers has formed a Small and Rural Schools Caucus to focus on issues that could affect their districts. The group…

Local News
March 27, 2015

Bill banning teacher strikes approved by House education committee

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

A bill that would prohibit Vermont public school teachers from striking passed the House Education Committee on an 8-3 vote Tuesday, March 17. Under the bill, teachers cannot strike and school boards cannot impose contracts.

The bill, introduced by Rep….