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93 Vermont Towns Have No Public Schools, but Great Education. How Do They Do It?
Feb 28, 6:55 AM: Many of these young men are residents of Vermont’s “tuition towns.” Too small and sparsely populated to support a traditional public school, these towns distribute government education funds to parents, who choose the >
On education funding reforms, lawmakers told to go slow
Feb 25, 6:44 AM: School officials are urging lawmakers not to act with haste as they mull sweeping reforms to the way Vermont pays for its preK-12 system.
Opinion: A chance to reform education funding
Dec 5, 8:15 AM: Ever since the passage of Act 60 in 1997 and Act 68 in 2003, Vermonters have been perpetually frustrated with our education financing system. And for good reasons. Vermont has the second highest property tax burden in the >
Legislative commission looks to force State Board of Education reform
Nov 14, 6:31 AM: In a bid to pressure lawmakers to reform the structure and mandate of Vermont’s State Board of Education, lawmakers tasked with reviewing the relevance of state bodies said Wednesday they will recommend that it be repealed >
Vermont’s Board of Education ponders its purpose following reforms
Sep 24, 7:07 AM: Back in 2012, the Legislature restructured the state entities that oversee education K-12 in Vermont. Most notably, lawmakers got rid of the state’s Department of Education and replaced it with the Agency of Education. >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >



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