Charlotte Albright

Reporter

Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

Pages

VPR News
6:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Over Half Of Vermont's Kids Deemed Not Ready For Kindergarten

An unidentified child is pictured on the cover of a new report by Building Bright Futures.
Building Bright Futures

Too many of Vermont's children are not ready to start kindergarten. That’s one conclusion in a new report from Building Bright Futures, the child advocacy group responsible for governing the state’s childcare system. The findings come as legislation to mandate pre-kindergarten statewide has apparently stalled in the Vermont Senate. 

Read more
VPR News
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

VA Hospital Gets Security Gate

A new gate stands at the main entrance to the VA Hospital in White River Junction.
Charlotte Albright

There’s a new look to the entrance of the VA Hospital in White River Junction. The sprawling campus now has an iron gate at the main entrance.There is no fence yet connected to the gate, so it’s not really a major barrier.  But VA officials say there are also many other less visible security measures in place.

In 2010, the Veterans Administration conducted what it called a “Vulnerability Assessment,” and found that many facilities needed to ramp up security.

Read more
VPR News
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Veterans Face A Little Less Paperwork This Tax Year

A health card entitles a veteran to services at the VA Hospital.
VA

For millions of American taxpayers, the federal tax return due on April 15 serves more than one purpose. In addition to tallying up what they owe - or are owed - IRS income data determine who qualifies for benefits of all kinds. This year, for the first time, the Veterans Administration will use federal tax returns as a means test, to decide whether a veteran is eligible for subsidized health care.

Read more
The Frequency
4:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Dartmouth Announces Unprecedented $100 Million Donation

Dartmouth College has received $100 million from an anonymous donor, the largest gift in the college’s 244-year history.

Read more
VPR News
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ottauquechee Kindergarten Takes To The Woods

Kindergarteners from Ottauquechee School in Quechee trudge up hill to outdoor "classoom."
Charlotte Albright

There’s a new kind of pre-school starting to sprout — literally — and it doesn’t have a ceiling or walls. In “Forest Kindergartens,” kids spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring nature, and exercising their bodies and minds. In Vermont, it’s a trend that’s been taking hold slowly, one day at a time.

At the Ottauquechee School in Quechee, every Friday is Forest Friday.

Read more
The Frequency
12:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

College Faculty Salaries Vary Widely In Vermont

Matt Parrilla VPR

The latest report on college faculty salaries is out this week from the Chronicle of Higher Education, and in general the data gathered by the American Association of University Professors show a wide discrepancy between public and private institutions.

For example, the average salary for a full professor at Middlebury College is $129,800. At the other end of the scale, a full professor at Lyndon State College makes, on average, $68,400.

Read more
VPR News
5:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Sexual Assault Survivors Step Out Of The Shadows And Into The Footlights

Survivors of sexual abuse tell their stories at The Lebanon Opera House.
Charlotte Albright

Every two minutes, advocates say, an American woman will be sexually assaulted. But the majority of those crimes go unreported to police. Many victims fear reprisal, or worry they will be shamed. Yet last week, about a dozen people walked onto a stage and told stories of sexual assault – their own, or others’ – to a live audience.

The theatrical project was organized by WISE, an advocacy group serving the Upper Valley.

Read more
VPR News
5:49 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Family Trees Bloom, Thanks To Young Storykeepers

Colby Wright shows his grandfather, Andre Tetrault Sr., the research he has done as a Lowell Storyekeeper about Tetrault's father.
Charlotte Albright

More and more students around Vermont are learning that books are not the only place to find compelling stories.

They’re also discovering colorful characters in family photo albums, census documents, even cemeteries. To help them mine all that rich material, children’s author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock has been touring schools as part of a history project called Storykeepers.  Her latest stop: the Lowell School, in the Northeast Kingdom.

Read more
The Frequency
12:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Students Sit In At Dartmouth Over Diversity Issues

Parkhurst Hall at Dartmouth College, where President Philip Hanlon's office is located.
Wikimedia Commons Photo

About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget”  also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.

Read more
VPR News
6:04 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Few Takers For Harder High School Equivalency Test

Joan Scruggs helps Josh Martel fulfill requirements for high school graduation at Vermont Adult Learning center in White River Junction.
Charlotte Albright

There are big changes in the test that’s given to people who have not graduated from high school but want an equivalent degree. The General Educational Development Test, or GED, is harder and more expensive to take than it used to be.

At the beginning of the year the GED got a total overhaul. In addition to multiple choice, the exam now includes five other kinds of questions testing problem solving and critical thinking.

The price has jumped about seventy percent, to about $120 per test, and it has to be taken on an official test site computer—not on paper.

Read more

Pages