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With Tentative Deal, Burlington Students Head Back To School Wednesday

After four school days on strike , Burlington teachers and the city's school board announced Tuesday evening they had reached a "tentative" deal that would allow classes to resume Wednesday.

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Former Gov. Peter Shumlin says he underestimated the political and policy challenges of implementing a single payer health care system in Vermont.
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Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told the Harvard School of Public Health on Tuesday that he miscalculated the political and policy challenges associated with the single payer approach.

The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. In a report to the federal government, Vermont disclosed that 17 inmates were sexually victimized in state-run prisons last year.
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Seventeen inmates were “sexually victimized” in Vermont prisons last year, according to a recently filed disclosure by the Vermont Department of Corrections. 

Vermont's latest assessment scores showed a drop in math at every grade level tested and at all but two in English.
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The report card is in, and we didn't do well. In the results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment test, Vermont students' average scores dropped at every grade level tested (3rd through 8th and 11th) in math and all but one grade in English.

Fran Brock, president of the Burlington Education Association, center, stands with picketing teachers outside Hunt Middle School Monday. Brock says elementary teachers need more time during the day to work with students, and develop lesson plans.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

A teacher strike that began last Thursday has emptied school classrooms in Vermont’s largest city, but the head of the Burlington teachers’ union says the walk-out isn’t about money or benefits.

This drawing shows part of the plan developers have for The Putnam Block in downtown Bennington.
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A development group in Bennington says it's acquired a major downtown property that's part of a $50 million renovation project.

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How Has The Geology Of Vermont Affected Its Character?

If you’ve lived in a state for a long time, or grew up there, you probably have this feeling — when you drive into or out of it, you feel like you can tell the difference.

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Hannah Palmer Egan's recipe for "Amazing Awesome August Pasta" includes kale, tomatoes, feta and pesto.
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VPR Cafe: Pestopalooza

Get your food processor out. It's that time of year when you might have an abundance of basil and other greens which are perfect for making pesto.

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This chelone plant or "turtle's head" is a hardy native perennial that comes in dark pink, white and red.
By Wouter Hagens - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2802803

Vermont Garden Journal: Planting And Enjoying The Hardy Chelone

Ben Stoll, 17, of Georgia, VT, writes about the power of imagination and how daydreaming can lift a person from darkness into the light.
Ben Stoll, Young Writers Project, courtesy

Young Writers Project: 'Daydreaming'

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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How Do Hurricanes Form?

In the last couple of weeks, two big hurricanes have hit parts of the United States and Caribbean islands. In this episode we answer questions from kids who have been hearing the news and wondering: How do hurricanes form? Why do hurricanes strike Florida? Why do hurricanes have names? We speak with atmospheric scientist Shuyi Chen of the University of Washington.

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How Do You Get Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night?

Live call-in discussion : Parents of small children will know the angst of figuring out the best way to try to get them to sleep through the night.

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