The Future of Education In Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott says lawmakers should consider mandatory reductions in school staff, as well as reforms to the education funding system, to avoid an increase in the statewide property tax rate next year.
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As Tax Hike Looms, Scott Asks Lawmakers To Consider Reductions In School Staff

A mandatory reduction in staff at public schools across Vermont is among the list of “ideas” that Gov. Phil Scott is asking lawmakers to consider as his administration looks to stave off a projected increase in next year’s statewide property tax rate.

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This 19th-century barn is located near Pittsford's town center. Baird and Betsy Morgan bought the barn, farmhouse and 20 acres of land last year and want to turn it into a community center.
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What if 20 picturesque acres of land in the center of your town became available, and you and your neighbors got to decide what to do with it?

Well that’s the question being asked in Pittsford, a town that straddles Route 7 between Rutland and Brandon.

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Over a thousand demonstrators took over the streets of downtown Montpelier Saturday afternoon as they marched from City Hall to the Statehouse. Organizers are calling it the March for Our Future.

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The federal government is now in a partial shutdown, after Congress failed to pass a measure by midnight that would have kept it funded.

A Craftsbury Outdoor Center rowing coach instructs a camper on Great Hosmer Pond from a motorized coaching launch.
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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is abandoning a rulemaking effort for Great Hosmer Pond. Instead, the department is examining new ideas for managing competing uses on all of Vermont’s lakes and ponds.

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If you think completing a New York Times crossword puzzle is tough, creating one that makes its way into the paper of record, well that would be quite a four letter word meaning great accomplishment, yes, a feat.

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A new report finds enforcement of health and safety standards lacking in Vermont's rental homes.
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Enforcing Health And Safety In Vermont's Aging Rentals

A third of Vermonters rent their homes, but a new report on substandard housing shows Vermont's aging rental stock and tight rental market can lead to poor health and few options for those facing health or safety violations in their rentals. Vermont Edition looks at what happens when a rental problem becomes a health hazard, and why it can be so difficult to get it fixed.

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The Complicated History Of Hydro-Québec

From our friends at the podcast Outside/In , the story of how a massive, state-owned utility company came to be a symbol of the French-Canadian people.

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