Vermont Health Connect user accounts will be offline through the weekend to get systems up and running that the health care exchange has lacked since it launched in October 2013.

The weekend changes are expected to bring online a “change of circumstance” function that allows Vermonters to notify insurers of life changes – such as a new family member, new job or change in marital status – that could affect their insurance status.

Does getting a good public education in Vermont depend on whether or not your teacher and principal are experienced and well paid? If so, are urban kids better off, or worse off, than rural ones? And are minorities always the most disadvantaged, when it comes to high quality instruction?

That’s what the U.S. Department of Education wants every state to find out. But  in Vermont, the answers do not match up with other states.  

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Truancy — skipping school — is a perennial problem, especially toward the end of the school year. Poor attendance sets kids back academically and can mask dysfunction at home, like abuse and addiction.

Few Vermont communities have addressed the issue as thoroughly as Lamoille County.

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This week, we're considering the role of storytelling for Vermont Reads, the Vermont Humanities Council's state-wide reading program. This year's book is Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.

Haroun admires his father, the great story-teller Rashid, and his ability to keep crowds of people awestruck with the power of his tales. When he travels to a magical world to bring back the source of the stories, Haroun meets a mysterious page called Blabbermouth, a girl who masquerades for a time as a boy, and in her presence, Haroun finds himself without words.

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A power line developer has offered Vermont millions of dollars to lower electricity bills and to clean up Lake Champlain. State officials like the potential windfall, but they say it won’t get in the way of a vigorous review of the project.

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's considering a run for governor in 2016.

Responding to questions from listeners on VPR's Vermont Edition, Scott said that he's doing some soul searching.

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Thousands of supporters gathered at Burlington's waterfront this week to cheer on Sen. Bernie Sanders as he officially kicked off his presidential campaign, but not everyone is taking the bid as seriously.

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Michael Valentine, long time director of Rutland’s PEG-TV, has stepped down from the community access station. PEG-TV announced Valentine's retirement this week, citing personal health reasons.

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You've no doubt heard of "passing the hat" after you've enjoyed hearing a live musician in a coffee house or on the Church Street Marketplace, but what about after hearing a concert of classical chamber music?

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On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that removes Vermont’s “philosophical exemption” to mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren. The move was a major reversal for the governor who said in no uncertain terms that lawmakers should “leave it alone” when asked about the philosophical exemption this February.