- Your teacher is on Skype: What can VT schools learn from North Dakota's online classes?
- > Aug 23, 7:59 AM: Peterson has made it his mission to make sure that other rural kids aren’t left behind. Rather than consolidating schools, Peterson believes that small towns can use technology to keep school doors open while narrowing the
- Popular early college programs put high schools in tough spots
- > Aug 19, 5:33 AM: Since lawmakers dramatically expanded Vermont’s early college and dual enrollment programs in a 2013 education package, high school students have had more opportunities to take college courses on the state’s dime. But many school
- Commentary: School choice provides multiple paths
- > Aug 8, 5:38 AM: The disagreement between Vermont gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Holcombe and Gov. Phil Scott about whether he did or did not advocate statewide school vouchers misses the point. The real issue for voters is whether vouchers would
- State defends dual enrollment program against religious discrimination claim
- > Aug 5, 6:32 AM: Attorneys for the state defended Vermont’s dual enrollment program in federal court Friday, asking U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss to dismiss a lawsuit that argues the program discriminates against students at religious
- Vermont's former education secretary says governor's pushing statewide vouchers. He’s not.
- > Jul 26, 5:44 AM: When Rebecca Holcombe stepped down as education secretary in March 2018, she went quietly despite apparent rifts with Gov. Phil Scott. When she announced last week that she was running to take Scott’s job, she came out
- Scott presents higher education incentives
- Jul 18, 7:55 AM: Vermont officials Wednesday presented a suite of new education incentives they hope will encourage more Vermonters to attend college, boost jobs, and attract new families to the state.
- Why Vermont's rural communities fight to save their schools
- Jul 9, 5:10 AM: On a mountain in Vermont, parents worry about what will happen to their beloved tiny school — and their town.
- In Vermont, Small Colleges Are Closing
- > May 17, 7:46 AM: As Green Mountain College readied to close its doors after 185 years, students enjoyed one of their final spring days on the pastoral campus, with some carrying kale and cabbage from the school’s organic farm and others preparing
- Eric LaMontagne: Vermont Needs Technical Education
- > May 8, 6:20 AM: There has been a consistent message from the state house this session: we need to grow Vermont’s labor force. Solving a problem of this magnitude, one that may prove to be Vermont’s largest barrier to prosperity, will require
- Opinion: Strong higher education sector creates a stronger Vermont
- > Apr 1, 6:56 AM: The recent announcements of college closures highlight the challenges faced by small private colleges in New England and particularly here in Vermont. I’ve seen setbacks like these hit other industries. Over the last two decades,
- Commentary: Administration’s numbers in new ed plan don’t add up
- > Jan 15, 6:50 AM: Past experience with tuition vouchers in Vermont demonstrates that this practice reduces affordability in the education fund and threatens some of our most vulnerable students. Moreover, the few numbers in the administration’s
- Administration’s memo envisions single school district for Vermont
- > Jan 11, 6:24 AM: Vermont’s school district consolidation law, Act 46, may have been the state’s most controversial school reform in decades. But an internal government document suggests the state’s top education official believes it hasn’t gone
- Jeb Spaulding: Education beyond high school matters
- > Nov 14, 7:00 AM: It’s true: Not everyone needs to go to college. But consider this: Over 95 percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession 10 years ago have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to Georgetown
- Opinion: Unions, teachers: What happens after the Supreme Court decision?
- > Oct 12, 6:52 AM: Putting unions in the position of having to work harder and prove value to their membership, teachers, students and taxpayers will benefit. Unions, if they’re up to the challenge, will benefit too. After all, a membership made up
- Opinion: Quality must remain the focus as Vermont and other states overhaul special education
- > Oct 10, 7:20 AM: As a Vermonter, I would be proud to see my state emerge as a leader balancing quality and cost containment — and provide a model for the rest of the country to follow. Every student has a right to a quality education, and children
- Commentary: Building a cradle-to-career education system
- > Oct 1, 7:17 AM: Working with several partners and stakeholders, the Agency of Education is contributing significantly to Gov. Phil Scott’s vision of a cradle-to-career education system in Vermont. Recent trends show that Vermont’s economy is
- Some districts offering school choice after Act 46 unifications
- Aug 1, 4:26 AM: Families in a half dozen districts in Vermont are being given a choice of which school they want their children to attend, in a move that educators say could keep even the smallest schools vital.
- Commentary: New myths around school accountability
- Jul 5, 4:21 AM: It is disappointing that the critics defending the status quo misunderstand a grass-roots school choice movement, driven by a hunger for accountability, not as its critics suggest, a desire to eliminate accountability.
- Commentary: When school choice isn’t really a choice
- > Jul 3, 5:05 AM: I hear stories about students using their state vouchers to attend prestigious private schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and that’s great for them, but please remember that for every perceived success of “choice” there’s an
- Commentary: Is the public vs. private education conflict real?
- > Jun 27, 4:39 AM: Some critics question whether allowing school choice and independent schools leads to social and economic inequality. We know the answer, because Vermont has run the school choice experiment for decades: U.S. Census data show