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Homeschooling stays as pandemic keeps shaking up Vermont families' school choices
Nov 8, 10:13 AM: Since the pandemic began, families have exercised more choice about how their kids will learn, sometimes from one year to the next. Trends over the last two years show a rise in homeschooling and independent schooling, >
Ensuring Vermont's students have equitable access to education
Oct 12, 9:15 AM: But a panel established by the Vermont legislature is now considering significant reform in how the state funds public education. More and more school districts are voicing their belief that it's about time. >
Should Public Funds Go To Vt. Independent Schools?
Sep 28, 9:07 AM: When it comes to education, should public money go to non-public schools? A school board in Rutland County recently posed this question, and it’s not the first time — or the last — this issue has been debated in Vermont or >
Barstow school choice: Should public tax dollars support private schools?
Sep 16, 9:38 AM: The suggestion to limit school choice to public options and no longer allow families to use state tuition money to send their students to independent schools has drawn fiery reactions from many — especially those who could >
Windham votes to close school, adopt K-6 school choice
Sep 8, 3:24 PM: Voters narrowly approved an article to close Windham Elementary School at the end of the current school year and adopt school choice for grades K-6, but defeated an article that would authorize the School Board to pay >
Religious schools see increases in enrollment
Aug 24, 10:35 AM: The bump appears to be due to a combination of factors: retention of families who sought out in-person alternatives to pandemic-related hybrid instruction plans many schools offered last school year; and recent >
Cases are surging. Should remote learning be back on the table?
Aug 17, 4:17 PM: Since the spring, state officials have made clear that they expect Vermont’s K-12 students to be physically back in the classroom five days a week this fall. The days of hybrid and online learning, they said, were over. >
Some kids thrived in remote learning. Their parents look for options as in-person class resumes
Aug 11, 9:57 AM: A new school model, born out of necessity due to COVID-19, proved to be the academic break one 9-year-old Burlington student needed to be successful.
Many Vermont families again signing up to home-school kids
Aug 5, 12:14 PM: Vermont families are once again signing up in droves to home-school their children.
Teachers union wants surplus used to reduce pension liability
Jul 30, 9:29 AM: In a memo to the Vermont Emergency Board, Vermont-NEA President Don Tinney made it clear that in a year with billions of federal pandemic aid flowing into Vermont, lawmakers and the governor should not miss the opportunity >
Court Scraps Vermont Ban on Sending Tax Dollars to Religious Schools
Jun 9, 5:28 AM: In Vermont, where the state constitution enshrines a centuries-old prohibition against using tax dollars for religious purposes, a federal appeals court ruled last week that students in school choice districts may use >
Court affirms tuition for students at religious school
Jun 3, 8:14 AM: A federal appeals court on Wednesday explained its decision to stop Vermont from excluding tuition funding for students who attend a religious school, saying a lower court ruling from earlier this year did not go far >
Commentary: Three Lawsuits That Will Change Vermont Education
May 18, 6:07 AM: In three lawsuits currently in process, plaintiff parents ask that public funds follow their children to the school of their choice.
Commentary: The benefit of school choice in the Covid era
May 14, 5:58 AM: The forced remote-learning fiasco imposed on Vermont public school students this past year highlighted the lack of common benefits available from the state’s education system.
Vermont can’t discriminate against religious schools. But can those schools discriminate against kids?
May 6, 5:53 AM: A spate of national and state-level court rulings have been clear: States, including Vermont, cannot discriminate against religious entities when doling out public subsidies, including taxpayer-funded school vouchers. But >
State Board of Education orders 3 districts to pay tuition at religious schools
Apr 22, 5:29 AM: The State Board of Education on Wednesday ordered three Vermont school districts to reimburse families who live in “choice” towns for the tuition they paid out of pocket this year for their children to attend religious >
Commentary: More Vermonters are choosing independent schools
Apr 13, 5:39 AM: If the Auditor’s office wants to probe the costs and benefits of independent schools in Vermont, that’s great. Transparency and accountability are good things. But how about a fair, side-by-side comparison with the public >
School choice program that impacts 6,000 Vermont students each year is being called inequitable
Mar 25, 5:49 AM: The town tuitioning and school choice programs allow a child to use their town's tax dollars slated for their education to attend another school. In many cases, a town might not have a public school and the money is used >
Court filings present dueling visions of school choice in Vermont
Mar 19, 5:17 AM: The Vermont Supreme Court’s 1983 decision in Mason v. Thetford School Board contains a crystallizing sentence about the limits of school choice in the state: “There is no constitutional right to be reimbursed by a public >
Remote learning frustration boils over
Feb 26, 7:21 AM: Parents speaking at the Champlain Valley School Board’s Feb. 16 meeting said the length of time and reduced quality of remote learning is having a cumulative effect.



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